MFP Item 3
Management and Fiscal Policy Committee
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Expedited Bill 30-10, Personnel - Equal Benefits
Expedited Bill 30-10, Personnel
Equal Benefits - Fire and Rescue Employees,
sponsored by the Council President at the request of the County Executive, was introduced on
May 4,2010. A public hearing was held on June 15.
The County has a longstanding policy, in law and practice, against employment
discrimination based on sexual orientation. Bill 28-99, effective March 1, 2000, extended equal
benefits to a same sex domestic partner of a County employee that is offered to an employee's
spouse. As a result of collective bargaining in 2001, the Executive agreed with the union
representing police officers, the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 35 (FOP), to extend equal
benefits for an opposite sex domestic partner of a police officer. This collective bargaining
agreement was approved by the Council and enacted into law.
The Executive agreed to a similar provision with the union representing fire and rescue
employees, the Montgomery County Career Fire Fighters Association, International Association
of Fire Fighters, Local 1664 (IAFF) in 2002. However, this agreement was never approved by
the Council and enacted into law. The Office of Human Resources has been following the
collective bargaining agreement with the IAFF since 2002. There are currently 49 members of
the fire and rescue bargaining unit who are receiving benefits for a domestic partner of the
opposite sex and 7 members who are receiving benefits for a same sex domestic partner.
Bill 30-10 would amend the law to implement the 2002 collective bargaining agreement
with the IAFF by providing health and insurance benefits to opposite sex domestic partners of
employees in the fire and rescue services bargaining unit.
Stuart Weisberg, Office of Human Resources, testifying on behalf of the Executive,
supported the Bill. Mr. Weisberg recommended a technical amendment to §33-22(c). See ©8-9.
There were no other speakers.