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Who Do YOU Think Should Run the
Montgomery County Police Department?
The Police Chief or Police Union Leaders?
That’s What Question B on the November Ballot Is All About.
Vote FOR Question B
Under “effects bargaining,” Police Chief Tom Manger has to bargain everything about running his department with Police Union leaders. That includes the distribution of critical police equipment, the redeployment of officers to crime hot spots, and even the revised policy on “Use of Force” – important to protecting the public and officers alike – which was sent to the Police Union for their “approval” on June 27, 2008.
In all, 15 Police Department policies are awaiting union leaders' “approval” – 12 of them for over two years. Under effects bargaining, police officers still don’t have to sign their time cards.The Police Chief could not even require that police officers have County email accounts – or check their email. It took months to negotiate that.
That makes no sense.
That’s why the County Council and the County Executive – all pro-labor – unanimously repealed “effects bargaining” – without affecting the continued right of the Union to bargain wages, hours, working conditions, and benefits on behalf of their members.
No other Police Union in the entire State has “effects bargaining”. Neither does any other County union have it in their contract.
The issue will be on the November ballot.
A “FOR” vote on Question B is a vote that lets the Police Chief run the department in the most efficient and productive way and still protects the full range of collective bargaining enjoyed by all other Police unions across the State and all other County unions.
An “AGAINST” vote preserves Union leaders’ power over the ability of the Police Chief to run the Police Department, impairing the effective and productive running of the Police Department in its mission to protect County residents' lives and property and to protect police officers.
Vote FOR Question B.
- See the Washington Post Editorial, "Unshackling Montgomery's police".
- Click here to see how "effects bargaining" has hindered the Police Department's mission to protect officers and to protect the lives and property of County residents.
- Click here to see Police Department policies still awaiting "approval" by Police Union leaders.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY DEMOCRATS URGE VOTE "FOR Question B"On September 19, the Montgomery County Democratic Party Precinct Officials and the Central Committee voted 109-14 to urge a vote "FOR Question B" in the November election. That recommendation will be included on the Party's sample ballot sent to all Democrats and distributed at the polls.
Produced by Montgomery County Office of Public Information