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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 26, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Bryan, I am absolutely shocked. The county violated the law. Unbelievable. The clock is ticking in another area also. I guess the - Office of Fred- is rather busy these days. I'll bet it pained Cole to say what he did knowing the reputation of county government. The bottom line is that there is no law in the county. They do and have always done what they want and dare someone to challenge them. Those dares are now double dares and are stacking up quickly.
Bart June 26, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I disappointed with this, too. Smith was a downright slimy crook, and now KK is filling in those same shoes. Far too many slippery deals stacked atop each other. I suppose since the upper level of management has stayed the same, we can only expect the same dirty deals to continue. I'm a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, but I think something has to change, and soon.
moe green June 26, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Unions equal higher taxes, less podictivity. Look at buzz beeper. Road a desk for 20 years, did nothing, receives a great pension and health care. Acts like a fiscal conservative.
charles richardson June 26, 2012 at 10:45 PM
The County is trying everything to save taxpayer money and it's subject to legal review. I hope they take it to the next level and Judge Cox is overturned,it wouldn't be the first time a judge has been overturned. In the meantime , here come the malcontents, led by their king. Unfortunately for them the County is doing more right than wrong. Look around at the other countys around the state. I'm not sure W C Fields would "rather be in Philly". Baltimore County is equal to all and better than most but the "mals" will never see it that way.
Buzz Beeler June 26, 2012 at 10:48 PM
You missed the 20 years on the road my commendations from the American Legion, Amtrak, saving lives writing the draft on how to investigate missing children, my under cover narcotics awards. What is moe green? An absolute nothing, a nobody, a coward who hides, a loud mouth. Yep moe green is a real live hero of the - look at my nothing life, I'm moe green. What a legacy! You ain't got the guts to put up anything worth reading cause you ain't got the guts to use your real name. What a he/she/it?
Buzz Beeler June 26, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Hey Charles, the county saving money? You ever hear of the Yorkway deal? The $21 million pension scandal, Kamenetz's cozy pension deal? How about Fort Howard? Get in the game and do some research and stop screaming from the sidelines.
charles richardson June 26, 2012 at 11:13 PM
As Ronald Reagan famously said, "there you go again". The Yorkway deal got rid of one of the worst neighborhoods in Baltimore County. The pension deal was not a scandal,just a bad investment, like hundreds of other municipalities around the country. You try and make everything a scandal and a conspiracy. The cozy pension deal was voted in by a number of Councilmen,not one. And one could say you have quite a cozy pension deal yourself. Fort Howard needs to be developed, the NIMBYS can't see the forest for the trees. It will revitalize that section of the county. But you have to have a vision and sadly yours has diminished, deteriorated by the hate that's grows everyday. You remind everyone of the last kid picked to play on the team and you've never forgotten it.
Buzz Beeler June 26, 2012 at 11:27 PM
When the taxpayers get our $22 million back I'll lay off it. There's a house up for sale down there now. That's a good sign? I hear the rats have taken over. If Fort Howard needs to be developed then why out of the 9,500 residents over 6,000 have signed a petition against it. Why has your councilman ignore my e-mail questions. Maybe I'll do a PIA to get a response to a simple question. Yes I have a nice pension and I thank you for your vote on that and Mr. Homan for forcing me to take it. You get what you vote for. I wanted change, you didn't! When I get to court over the documents I requested through the PIA they ignored, I'll let you know if there is a scandal or not on the pension deal. I thought I was boring you as you previously stated. Leave us alone you said.
Eastsider June 27, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Please explain your unions create less productivity comments. This should be good, I’m popping up my popcorn now....
Eastsider June 27, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Charles I will agree with part of your statement the Yorkway way deal did get rid of one of the worse neighborhoods in the county. BUT all it did was to move most of them up a few blocks up, so we still have the scum in Dundalk just spread out now. The Yorkway deal was a crime, 20 million to purchase and sold it for a little over a million dollars DO THE MATH.
Steve June 27, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Lot more too it then just buying for $20 million and selling for $1 million. That is an oversimplification fo the process. Besides it looks like a win-win-win situation. http://www.dundalkusa.org/pub/Yorkway-Redevelopment
Jim Arrington June 27, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Hey Buzz I was at fort howard and the placed has been stripped of everything and vandalized and NOW needs to go which is a shame. But to change the subject here I see your opinions posted everwhere which is cool but could you give some attention to the retirement board on giving us a COLA raise. I and others feel we have been totally forgotten after 20 plus years of service with this government. As Mr. KK is a total sham and could care less about us he will spend county monies on dirt in dundalk, that 20 mill would have been a nice COLA to us not for dirt. I know you were a writer for one of the big news papers and can handle this task so I say Buzz go get these rats and get something for the forgotten including yourself, good luck.
Buzz Beeler June 27, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Jim, how the heck are you doing? You were a legend in the department. I still refer to many of your adventures. You and Terry on the motors. What a team. Now to the point. I am working on that topic. http://dundalk.patch.com/blog_posts/baltimore-co-breaks-law-fails-to-respond-to-information-request There are some issues going on at present that I cannot discuss. I can think of at least $43 million that went down the tubes at the hands of the usual suspects. Hopefully, I'll get to the bottom of the scandal with some help from my friends.
Tom June 27, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Dundalk may have better looking houses on Yorkway but the Old Dundalk neighborhood is not a safer place. The problems just moved to cheaper housing. The land deal served the developer, not the citizens of Baltimore County!
Buzz Beeler June 27, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Tom, well written. Try telling that to the developers political buddies, friends, family and the DRC.
Steve June 27, 2012 at 05:37 PM
LOL Who is "on the take" for the proposed 200 home development at Sparrows Point Country club? Which "political buddies" are involved there?
Paul Amirault June 27, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Buzz, I as a real estate developer recognize that I am a leper in the eyes of banks (for now) and many who feel we try to influence our "political buddies" with our unabashed greed. Some may say that of police unions as well, but not I. Have a peek at the official list of all registered lobbyists in the state of Maryland, you will find real estate is really a small part. It is really interesting reading. http://ethics.gov.state.md.us/May-Emp12.pdf
John June 27, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Amen to that. And they want to give their devloper friend another opportunity with the Government Center. What stones these people have!
Buzz Beeler June 27, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Paul, I would bet money you are a forthright and honest developer who plays by the rules. The ones that aren't don't need a middleman to pay, they go right for the politician.
Buzz Beeler June 27, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Why do you continue to quote yourself. That shows some instability. Talking to yourself is not good.
Ron Burgundy June 28, 2012 at 01:44 AM
I have no idea, other than comic relief, why anyone responds to Buzz Beeler and friends. They have one agenda, oh except for the mea coulpa issued to Chief Hohman, and that is just to be negative towards life. I hope they get a life because looking under those rocks and continually finding NOTHING at some point gets boring just like they are. Men get a life, it's not always a conspiracy and it's not always the Gov't that's out to get you. So sorry you find yourselves on the outside looking in,that's life. You ran, you lost , by a wide margin. I can only imagine a Beeler administration, everyone who doesn't look like him would be in jail. Sorry Buzzman, take your hate and go away, please.
Buzz Beeler June 29, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Ron, I'm just getting started. My new blog will focus on Baltimore County and its 1100% increase in the cost of food stamps and the number of people on them. If you compare crime rates to other similar sized jurisdictions BC is high along with the propaganda. How can you hate me when I'm doing your job and finding out what happened to the $21 million in the pension scandal. Who was the council Chairman at the time. The same man who signed off on Yorkway. A friend of yours. I'm doing the peoples work. When $21 million walks away, I'm going to follow it despite what you think, that is unless you want to put it back.
Steve June 29, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Ron, I will send you the email that Buzz sent out to his "friends" supposedly "outing' me. It's hilarious.
Buzz Beeler June 29, 2012 at 12:05 PM
The name you used on Patch was Robert Armstrong. Then you went silent for awhile and came back as AdamBaum. When I reported that, you changed to Steve. You had problems with terms of use issues and were sanctioned numerous times. I dd post on Patch the legal issue your were facing and that is when you disappeared. No matter which name you use, your writing style remained the same. When you would not stop your personal attacks and harrasment after I warned you, I took action. Remember how you claimed to have three college degrees and served in numerous wars and spoke six languages? How can you out someone who swears to be three different people? Ron plays the same hide and seek as you do, the difference is he is articulate and doing his job. Ron does not need friends like you. He can read your remarks under RA for himself and decide. I write the truth and will continue to do so. Remember the line - "The truth, you can't handle the truth."
Tim June 29, 2012 at 12:16 PM
That's Robert Armstrong? haha, hilarious. It makes sense, though.
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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