Upcoming FOP Events

Mon Sep 22 @06:00PM -
Board of Directors Meeting
Mon Sep 22 @07:00PM -
General Membership Meeting
Thu Sep 25 @05:00PM - 11:59PM
Lounge Steak Night
Sat Sep 27 @08:00AM -
Friends of Gene Cassidy and Donate Life 5K
Welcome to the official web site of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Lodge #3.  FOP Lodge #3 is the Union that represents the close to five thousand (5,000) active and retired police officers of the Baltimore Police Department.  Thank you for checking in and remember to support law enforcement here in Baltimore City and across this great nation of ours.
Fraternally,
Detective Robert Cherry, Jr.
President
with sheldon sep 2011_edit1_editWelcome to the official web site of the Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Lodge #3.  FOP Lodge #3 is the Union that represents the close to five thousand (5,000) active and retired police officers of the Baltimore Police Department.  Thank you for checking in and remember to support law enforcement here in Baltimore City and across this great nation of ours.
Fraternally,
Detective Robert Cherry, Jr.
President

Definition of Baltimore Police Officer

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Definition of a Baltimore Police Officer
A Police Officer  - whether active duty or retired, who, at one point in their
life, wrote a blank check made payable
to "The City of Baltimore", for an amount  "up to and including their life.
A Police Officer  - whether active duty or retired, who, at one point in their
life, wrote a blank check made payable
to "The City of Baltimore", for an amount  "up to and including their life."
Update - Step 3 Grievance - Retired Members Retro Pay Print E-mail
Written by Robert F. Cherry, Jr.   
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 13:41
On Friday, September 12, 2014, the BPD denied the FOP's Step 3 Class Grievance filed on behalf of every retired police officer, sergeant and lieutenant from the dates July 1, 2013 - July 15, 2014 who the FOP argues is entitled to the 2% wage increase effective July 1, 2013 per the new MOU between the FOP and BPD.

The FOP has forwarded an appeal to Step 4 and is prepared to take the grievance to a Step 5 arbitration hearing if the BPD refuses to satisfactorily resolve our grievance. A copy of the grievance wording is printed below:

August 22, 2014

 

Thomas H. Moore

Chief, Management Services Division

Baltimore Police Department

242 West 29th Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21211

 

Re:   Step 3 - Special Provision – Grievance: Retro Wage Increase Covering Members of FOP Units I and II Employed between July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014 

 

Dear Chief Moore,

 

Pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding between Baltimore City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 (FOP) and the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) under Article 6, Grievance and Arbitration Procedure, the FOP requests a Step 3 Special Provision hearing relative to the following subject:

 

All members of the bargaining unit, Units I and II, employed as of July 1, 2013 with the BPD, are entitled to the retro wage increase that was bargained and accepted by the BPD and City of Baltimore with the FOP covering the terms of the agreement July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2016. The FOP is filing this grievance on behalf of those members who were members of the bargaining unit and retired from the BPD between July 1, 2013 and July 15, 2014 that they be granted the retro 2% wage increase afforded the members who still remain employed with the BPD.

 

We look forward to a successful resolution of this matter and will await confirmation from the BPD of receiving this grievance and a scheduled date to meet to hear same. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

 

Respectfully yours,

 

Detective Robert F. Cherry, Jr.

President

 
P/O Steven Rosier and P/O Chris Izquierdo Print E-mail
Written by Robert F. Cherry, Jr.   
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 14:18

Please keep in your thoughts and prayers P/O Steven Rosier, assigned to SES, who was critically injured in an off-duty motor vehicle accident. Chris is currently hospitalized at University of Maryland – Shock Trauma Center and has undergone several operations.

We are also praying for P/O Chris Izquierdo, assigned to AIU, and his family who tragically lost their adolescent daughter early this morning. The death was unexpected and has hit the Izquierdo family hard so please keep them in your thoughts.

 
Baltimore Police Department Running Team and Signal 13 Print E-mail
Written by Robert F. Cherry, Jr.   
Friday, 05 September 2014 11:54

Once again this fall, we will be fielding a team of Baltimore Police runners to participate in the Baltimore Running Festival. This year the event will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

 

Lee Corrigan and Corrigan Sports has generously offered again to donate all BPD running team entry fees to the Signal 13 Foundation – the non-profit organization that supports our active BPD police officers during times of financial hardship.

 

If you are interested in running the Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay Team (10K) or 5K, please stop by the FOP (3920 Buena Vista Avenue, 21211) to fill out your registration form, provide your shirt size, and deliver a check in the amount of $60 per runner. Checks should be made payable to “Signal 13 Foundation, Inc.”  We will register all BPD runners using a code specific for the BPD running team. Do not register yourself online.

 

Last year we fielded a BPD team of more than 160 runners and over half of our runners were first time participants, mostly from the Patrol Division.  Our goal this year is to surpass that number and ensure we have at least one Relay Team from each district and division within the BPD. The Commissioner’s Trophy will again be awarded to the top Relay Team. Each Relay Team consists of four (4) runners.

 

All participants will receive a complimentary UnderArmour BPD running shirt as well as the UnderArmour Baltimore Running Festival shirt. On race day, we will wear the blue BPD running shirts.

 

For more information, call the FOP at (410) 243-9141.

 
 
Friends of Gene Cassidy - Donate Life 5K Print E-mail
Written by Robert F. Cherry, Jr.   
Friday, 22 August 2014 12:32
To all members of the BPD community,
 
As we all know, Police Agent Gene Cassidy underwent a liver transplant operation in 2012 following his ordeal stemming from a line of duty shooting in the Western District in 1987. Thanks to a successful operation at University of Maryland Medical System, Agent Cassidy is back at E&T teaching full time.
 
Once again this year, Gene is sponsoring a team of runners - The FOG (Friends of Gene) - to raise money and awareness for organ transplants. The FOG will be participating in the 2014 Donate Life 5K Run on Saturday, September 27th at 0800 hours at Camden Yards Sports Complex.
 
We are encouraging all members of the BPD to show Gene your support and join The FOG. To register for the 5K and/or to make a donation, visit this link:
 
 
FOP News Update Print E-mail
Written by Robert F. Cherry, Jr.   
Thursday, 21 August 2014 14:42

Pension Litigation

 

Recently the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued a ruling that, although it did not overrule United States District Court Judge Marvin Garbis’ earlier decision, did say the Unions have to pursue a state law breach of contract claim rather than a constitutional Contract Clause claim to address the City’s 2010 pension legislation. Since the Fourth Circuit ruling, Judge Garbis sent a letter to both the Unions and City asking for an informal meeting to discuss settlement. In the meantime, the Unions have reached back out to the City and asked that we again pursue negotiations on a settlement.

 

Retro Pay – Members who Retired between July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

 

The FOP has filed a class grievance on behalf of our members who retired between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014 (or after) arguing that these members are entitled to the retro pay raise of 2% effective July 1, 2013. Most likely this grievance will make its way to arbitration which means another couple months before we have any resolution to this issue. We will keep our retired members apprised of any developments.

 

Contract/Patrol Work Schedule Implementation

 

The FOP has been meeting with the Police Commissioner and his team on a weekly basis to prepare for the transition to the new Patrol work schedule which is scheduled to be implemented in January 2015. Lt Gene Ryan and Sgt William MacDonald are the FOP liaisons to this working group and we will keep you apprised of any important updates/info as needed.

 

Copies of the new contract should be up on the FOP and BPD web within the next couple weeks.

 

Drafting

 

The FOP has fielded calls with concerns from members across the agency who have been drafted to work overtime on the subsequent shift. While the BPD has the authority to draft, the agency cannot just draft for the sake of, there needs to be a specific operational element attached, such as officer safety when it comes to filling post cars that are unmanned. If you believe you are being drafted unnecessarily, contact your district rep and file a grievance at the Step 2 level. If you do not know your district rep, call the FOP at 410-243-9141 to obtain the name of a rep.

 

Health Care Costs - Health Insurance Committee

 

As part of the negotiated agreement two years ago between the employee Unions and the City pertaining to our health benefits, a Health Insurance Committee was established to allow the Unions to meet with the City each month and participate in any dealings with employee health care coverage. As a result of these meetings, as well as utilizing the expertise of a paid health care consultant representing the employee Unions, we were able to lower the projected 2015 CareFirst rates from increasing 4% blended for active and retired members to instead an increase of 2.16%. While this is still an increase, it is important to note that having the ability to check for material cost errors as well as keeping an eye on any surpluses that should be returned are all important factors for the Unions to limit rising health care costs on our active and retired members.

 

FOP Elections

 

On Monday evening, August 25, 2014, nominations will be held for positions on Baltimore City FOP Lodge 3’s executive board. I will not be entering my name into nomination for any position on the FOP executive board for the 2014-2016 term and will instead request a return to the operations bureau of the BPD where I spent my entire career prior to being detailed to the FOP. I will address the membership again prior to my final term as your president comes to an end on October 27, 2014.

 

Fraternally,

Bob Cherry 

 
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