Suit filed by laid-off workers dropped

October 06, 1994|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer

A lawsuit brought by 112 laid-off Baltimore County union workers seeking reinstatement was dismissed in county Circuit Court yesterday.

Judge John F. Fader II ruled that only five workers, now members of the Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees, used the grievance procedure provided in their union contract. The judge said that because the others did not file grievances, they could not claim the contract was abrogated by the county.

The five who filed grievances never had arbitration hearings, for reasons that union attorney Frank J. Collins said are "not clear" to him. The workers were represented by a different union at the time of the layoffs.

Union President Derek Propalis said the labor organization has not decided whether to appeal Judge Fader's decision.

Judge Fader also changed his decision regarding a similar suit brought by 13 nonunion supervisory workers.

Instead of sending their cases back to the county personnel board, as he indicated he would in August, the judge said he would rule on all the issues.

That would help speed their cases to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals for a decision.

Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden eliminated 566 county jobs and laid off 290 workers in February 1993, as part of a budget cuts forced by the recession.

Mary Pivec, the county's special labor counsel, said, "We are pleased with [Judge Fader's dismissal] because it confirms what we have believed all along -- that the county executive acted properly."

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