State orders crossing guards rehired

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In what one of the state’s largest public employee unions is calling a “victory for the collective bargaining process,” the town of Weymouth has been ordered to rehire 14 laid-off school crossing guards and give them three years of back pay.

The town is appealing the July 12 ruling by the state Department of Labor Relations, which some say could have implications for communities in Massachusetts that are balancing financial constraints with obligations to unionized employees.

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