|Thursday, March 10, 2011 – Steve Fermier and Baltimore Sun|
|County Executive John Leopold has signed the measure that changes the nature of binding arbitration in contract disputes with public safety unions.
But he vetoed several portions of the measure that he had earlier criticized.
Those include amendments offered by one council member who felt the changes would increase support for the bill among fellow council representatives.
The parts that Leopold vetoed were the ones that called for including arbitrator’s awards in the budget…and that would restore binding arbitration if courts decide in favor of the unions.
Binding arbitration normally provides for accepting recommendations from an appointed neutral judge that both sides agree to.