Power of Arbitration Slowly Deteriorating

Anne Arundel Council OKs change to arbitration for public safety workers

The Baltimore Sun
March 7, 2011

Labor disputes between the county and its public safety employees must now be approved by the Anne Arundel County Council . Despite the binding arbitration that more than 1,500 public safety employees currently have with the county, this new approved measure undermines the purpose of arbitration.

Labor unions overwhelmingly opposed this measure which basically allows elected officials to have the final say on an arbitrator’s award. While Arbitration is clearly being undermined, critics of the new measure must ask if arbitration is the ideal forum to resolve labor disputes in these economic times.

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