County Executive Robert R. Neall postponed a hearing on legislation spelling out procedures for laying off county employees late yesterday, even as workers gathered to oppose the measure.
Union members had started congregating outside the Arundel Center in Annapolis for the hearing when Neall announced he wanted to amend the measure before it goes before the public.
"There's a lot of concern about bumping," said county Office of Personnel Director Donald Tynes.
Since the bill was introduced last month, many workers, both union and non-union, have complained that it would not allow "bumping" of junior employees in other departments. A secretary in the Department of Inspections and Permits, for example, could not displace a junior secretary in another department.