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October 6, 2016
October 4, 2016
Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee
Robert H. Drummer, Senior Legislative Attorney
Expedited Bill 24-16, Collective Bargaining - Impasse Procedures
Expedited Bill 24-16, Collective Bargaining - Impasse Procedures - Amendments,
sponsored by Lead Sponsor Council President Floreen and Co-Sponsor Councilmember Rice, was
introduced on June 21, 2016. A public hearing was held on July 12.
The County enacted 3 separate collective bargaining laws at different times. The first law
enacted was the Police Labor Relations Law. The law governing general County employees was
enacted second, and the law governing fire and rescue employees was enacted last. The
amendments would make similar changes in each law. The lead sponsor, Council President
Floreen, explained these changes in a June 14 memorandum at ©28-30. The goal of this Bill is to
create a system that encourages the Executive and the union to negotiate sustainable collective
bargaining agreements that can be approved by the Council without resorting to interest arbitration.
The Bill would amend each collective bargaining law by adding some transparency to the
collective bargaining process, modifying the qualifications and selection procedure for the labor
relations administrators, separating the mediation process from the arbitration process, and
modifying the qualifications for the impasse arbitrator and the factors the arbitrator must consider
in resolving an impasse in collective bargaining.
Montgomery County Organizational Reform Commission
The Council established the Montgomery County Organizational Reform Commission
(ORC) on May 18, 2010 by Resolution No. 16-1350. The Council appointed 8 members in
Resolution No. 16-1434 on July 20, 2010. See ©33-34. The ORC was charged with making
recommendations for potential reorganization or consolidation of functions performed by County
government and County-funded agencies. The ORC issued its final report to the Council and
Executive on January 31, 2011. One of the issues studied by the ORC was the County collective
bargaining process. The ORC recommendations on collective bargaining are at ©35-45.
The ORC recommended: