Md.'s top court to hear Arundel binding arbitration dispute

Unions had sued county last year after change in law

January 26, 2012|By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun

The state's highest court has agreed to take up a case focusing on the dispute between Anne Arundel County's public safety unions and county officials over binding arbitration in collective bargaining.

The unions sued the county last April, claiming that its move to give the County Council the final say in labor disputes violated a county charter change that voters approved in a 2002 referendum. Last fall, an Anne Arundel County judge ruled that the charter amendment was invalid. The unions appealed; the county did as well.

The Court of Appeals, which agreed last week to hear the case, scheduled arguments for May.

Andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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