September 14, 2012

On the Ballot: Question B
Who Do You Think Should Run the Montgomery County Police Department? The Police Chief or Police Union Leaders?




Under “effects bargaining,” Police Chief Tom Manger has to bargain everything about running his department with Police union leaders, such as distributing critical police equipment, redeploying officers to crime hot spots and even the revised policy on “Use of Force” -- important to protecting the public and officers alike -- that 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 more than 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That’s why the County Council and the County Executive -- all pro-labor -- unanimously repealed “effects bargaining” – without affecting the continued right of the union to bargain wages, hours, working conditions and benefits on behalf of their members.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 department.

That’s what Question B is all about.  Vote FOR Question B.

Read the Washington Post editorial: “Unshackling Montgomery’s Police”

See the list of Police policies dating back to June, 2008 that are awaiting Fraternal Order of Police “approval” before Chief Manger can implement them.

See a list of facts about Question B. 

For more information, go to the Question B website.

5 comments:

  1. When I signed up for Paperless Airplane I didn't think it would include such blatant political propaganda. I had thought I'd get news, events and facts, not opinions. This is the first time I had encountered this issue and to have a side shoved in my face in what I thought to be a neutral arena does not endear me to your side. Instead of putting this out there why not simply post a recap of what the Question will read, what the two different votes would be, and give us links to both sides. That would be far more informational.

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    1. Thank you for your comment.

      The Paperless Airplane newsletter, published under the aegis of the Office of Public Information, is not a public forum as such but rather reflects the positions of County government. County government has one position on this issue – FOR Question B. There is no more obligation to express contrary views within those organs on this question than there would be to insist that President Obama insert opposing views into a speech he gives in defense of such-and-such a policy – or to include contrary views to his on the White House web site.

      The County Attorney has affirmed that the County has the right to educate, inform, and advocate on County ballot measures in defense of County law and policy. There is no obligation for County government to remain silent in defense of critically important County law or policy – enacted unanimously – while special interests potentially spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to repeal the law through misrepresentation to County voters.

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  2. This is completely illegitimate. In a democratic society, the government does not use taxpayer money to tell people how to vote.

    This isn't the first time the County has pulled something like this under Leggett. The County Executive should be in jail for repeated attempts to interfere with the democratic process. The man has no shame and no moral compass.

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    1. Thank you for your comments concerning Montgomery County efforts to educate, inform, and advocate on Question B, which would repeal Bill 18-11, passed unanimously by the County Council and signed into law by the County Executive.

      This County law repeals “effects bargaining” which required the Police Department to bargain every issue with Police Union leaders, hampering accountability, innovation, and efficiency.

      This measure, although on the November ballot, remains County law and policy. The County Attorney has said that it is altogether appropriate for the County government to use County resources to advocate for keeping the law. Just as County lawyers may use County resources to answer court challenges to County measures, so too can the County government exercise its free speech rights to defend such a measure in the court of public opinion.

      The County is entitled to engage in speech supporting and explaining its policies, including speech that advocates support of a ballot measure. Applicable case law demonstrates that just as a “government may adopt policies for all of the people, even if a policy is against the wishes of some, it may also advocate in favor of those policies.” Bill 18-11 has not been repealed. Thus, Bill 18-11 retains its status as a validly enacted law, and Bill 18-11 remains the policy of the government.

      The Montgomery County website and the bi-weekly Paperless Airplane newsletter, both under the aegis of the Office of Public Information, are not public fora but rather reflect the positions of County government. County government has one position on this issue – FOR Question B. There is no more obligation to express contrary views within those organs on this question than there would be to insist that President Obama insert opposing views into a speech he gives in defense of such-and-such a policy – or to include contrary views to his on the White House web site.

      There is no obligation for County government to remain silent in defense of critically important County law or policy – enacted unanimously – while special interests potentially spend hundreds of thousands of dollars in an attempt to repeal the law through misrepresentation to County voters.

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