Maryland – Montgomery County Council panel gives police chief more authority, votes to reduce power of police union

The bill, which is scheduled to go before the full council Tuesday, gives Police Chief J. Thomas Manger more power to manage administrative and personnel issues — such as requiring employees to regularly check their email — without having to enter collective bargaining with the Fraternal Order of Police union. Union officials strongly oppose the bill, arguing that it amounts to a dismantling of their collective bargaining rights….

In a case when the union objected to a new computerized police reporting system, the police department spent 170 hours over two years in collective bargaining. The department also spent more than two years and 400 hours in collective bargaining over a police dog scheduling issue.

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