Delegates Rudolph and James Propose Solution to Deputy Collective Bargaining Controversy10-Mar-2010 Annapolis, March 10, 2010; Delegate James and Delegate Rudolph have proposed a compromise to the deputy sheriff collective bargaining impasse in Annapolis. The delegates have been working together to find a solution since House Bill 916 was heard by the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee on March 2nd.
Delegate David Rudolph has said, "I do not believe I know of anyone who does not have the utmost respect and gratitude for our deputy sheriffs in Cecil County. They are on the front line protecting us every single day. With that said, we are at an impasse in addressing the deputy sheriff collective bargaining legislation as introduced". Rudolph went on to explain the current status of HB 916. "As was stated at the hearing, without the support of the Cecil County Commissioners, it is doubtful that the Appropriations Committee will vote the bill out of committee."
Delegate Mary-Dulany James, who serves on the Appropriations Committee, agrees that there is a real need for everyone to come together; "having worked on this issue for the past two sessions I feel it is time for everyone to come to the table and reach a compromise." She went on to say "there is no need for the deputies and commissioners to publicly battle here in Annapolis; this is something we can solve by working together."
It is obvious the deputies would like their collective bargaining referendum bill to pass and the Commissioners oppose the bill. Delegates James and Rudolph believe a compromise is possible and have proposed a solution. Their proposal is that the deputy sheriffs be amended onto House Bill 1490 which enables the county to put into the law a formal process for negotiations about wages and benefits for emergency medical responders. While this may not be exactly what the deputies or commissioners want, it is a workable compromise. House bill 1490 has the support of the County Commissioners and Delegates James and Rudolph feel that the deputies should be given the same consideration.
For more information regarding this release please contact Delegate James at (410) 841-3331 or Delegate Rudolph at (410)841-3444.