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County Violated Law In Dealings With Police Union

Police wanted to negotiate on discontinued incentive for unused sick time.

Baltimore County violated its own employment law when it refused to designate an outside agency to handle an unfair labor practice complaint filed by the union that represents county police officers.

Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge Kathleen Cox in a ruling Friday said the county violated the Employee Relations Act. A written decision was not immediately available but the ruling requires the county to hire an outside agency unless it appeals the decision or opts to enter negotiations with the police union.

"The judge ruled that the Employee Relations Act means exactly what it says," said Cole Weston, president of the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 4. "[County Executive] Kevin Kamenetz did not follow the law."

Cox's ruling has no effect on the county's discontinuation of the incentive but would require the county to hire an outside arbitrator to review the union's complaint.

County officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

The lawsuit centers around the end of a program that offered county employees, including police officers, a $100 savings bond as an incentive to not use sick time. The county ended the program in June 2011.

The union claimed the county changed terms of employment and asked the county to negotiate on the issue. When the county refused, the union asked for the county to designate an outside agency to investigate its unfair labor practice complaint, according to court records. (The original complaint filed by the union in October is attached to this story.)

Initially the county agreed but later told the union they would not select or pay for the outside arbitration service and would not participate in an outside review.

"This is not the first time we've had to go through this with the county," Weston said.

In April, the union that prevented the county from moving lieutenants out of the union and into the Police Executives Corps. The arbitrator in that case wrote in his ruling that the county did not negotiate in good faith.

Officials for other unions have accused the county of in their negotiations with the county.

Buzz Beeler June 29, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Tim, I went through the legal system for my information. In addition to that all one has to do is read the comments of the three names he used. His writing style and use of words is indistinguishable. One does not change their stripes without a concentrated effort. As myself an another commentator noticed, his reference of "tinfoil hat", is a dead giveaway along with other words like his constant use of "Dude". You live by the sword, you die by the sword or words in his case.
Buck Harmon June 29, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Anyone that follows these blogs knows who's who by the style of comment...changing names can't hide the truth...must be a very sad, lonely fellow...
Jim Arrington July 16, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Buzz, thanks for the kind quotes. Hang in there with your opponents here which seems like a no win situation. Good luck and I'm watching.
Buzz Beeler July 16, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Jim there is more bad news coming. Weston is retired leaving a position open on the retirement board. Homan will move to implement his agenda now that he has the votes. Weston was the one vote Homan could not count on and now that he's out of the way the door is open.
Jim Arrington August 06, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Buzz we know Holman history and he is KK ass wipe and does most of the dirty work for him, I have watched KK over the years and I never liked or trusted him. How can the other council members not know what they were up to so I question each one of them and justice will come election day. Moxley with the drinking, he should have been suspended until he got so help is running our county, come on folks wake up to these people and do the right thing at voting time.

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