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DLR's Green BookThe Department of Labor Relations (DLR), an agency of the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, has created a searchable electronic Green Book, giving readers, for the first time, free and easy access to Massachusetts Public Employee Collective Bargaining Laws with inter-active links to cited law, regulations and cases.

The 10th edition of the guide is the first updated version since DLR reorganized all public sector collective bargaining agencies in 2007 and includes detailed DLR procedures to assist practitioners, unions, and public employees and employers with every aspect of a case from first filing to closure.

Readers of the Green Book can get information on such practices as filing a prohibited practices charge, filing a petition for a union election, and requesting grievance mediation. It also includes an updated summary of the relevant law and cases, which will help those who come to the DLR understand their rights under Massachusetts collective bargaining law and determine whether or how to proceed with a case.

In the past, this information may only have been available from a legal library or subscription service.

The Green Book will be especially helpful to those who are new to labor law by providing an overview of the history of Massachusetts labor law and more recent developments, in addition to the detailed procedures and summary of the law.

Experienced practitioners will also find the digital Green Book helpful, since it includes the most up-to-date information about all public sector collective bargaining laws, cases, regulations and procedures.

You can find the 10th edition of A Guide to the Massachusetts Collective Bargaining Law on the DLR website or access it directly here.

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