Former solicitor to represent city during arbitration with firefighters

April 17, 1997|By Eric Siegel | Eric Siegel,SUN STAFF

Former City Solicitor Neal M. Janey is working for Baltimore again.

Janey, who left Baltimore's top legal post in the fall to become a partner in Miles & Stockbridge, will receive up to $15,000 to be the city's representative on a three-member arbitration panel to decide unresolved contract issues with the firefighters' and fire officers' unions.

The Board of Estimates, a five-member panel of the city's top elected and appointed officials, yesterday unanimously approved the contract with Janey, who did not attend the weekly meeting.

"We think Neal will serve the city well in this capacity," city Labor Commissioner Melvin Harris said after the board meeting.

The board also approved an $85,000 contract with Linn & Green Consulting Inc., a New York company, to provide "expert labor relations services in the preparation, analysis and presentation" of information for the hearing.

"Hopefully, this [total cost] will not exceed $100,000," Harris said.

Under the City Charter, if the city is not able to reach agreement with the firefighters' and fire officers' unions by March 1, a three-member panel will be appointed to settle unresolved issues.

The city and the unions each choose one member. The third member will be a neutral party agreed to by both sides.

Harris said outstanding issues include promotions and parity with police officers.

William V. Taylor, head of the firefighters' local, called Linn & Green "union busters" but said he had no problem with the selection of Janey as an arbitrator.

Both sides would continue to talk before the scheduled start of the arbitration next month, he said.

Pub Date: 4/17/97

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