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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."
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 

 
Federal Court Pension Lawsuit Update Print E-mail
Written by Edward Wagner   
Saturday, 09 August 2014 16:18

- The Court’s decision is purely procedural.  It does not reach the merits.  The Court only ruled that plaintiffs 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.  The Court did not even begin suggest that the City’s conduct was lawful. 

 - The Court opened the door for both actives and retirees to pursue a breach of contract claim regarding all of the changes that the City made to the plan, not just the variable benefit. 

 - The Court reversed Judge Garbis’ dismissal of our constitutional Takings claim, so we can also pursue money damages and attorneys’ fees under that claim before Judge Garbis.

- Here are our options going forward:  (1) request a rehearing by Court of Appeals judges; (2) file a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear our case; (3) re-file our breach of contract claim in federal court (Judge Garbis); or (4) file our breach of contract claim in state court.

 
Contract Update - Wage Increases - Effective Dates Print E-mail
Written by Robert F. Cherry, Jr.   
Thursday, 03 July 2014 12:24

As per the labor agreement ratified by the membership on 20 May 2014 between the FOP and the BPD/City of Baltimore, the wage increases will take effect on the following dates:

 

  • On 18 July 2014, the 2% wage increase (FY2014) will be applied to your base and seen on your pay stub/check for this pay period.
  • On, or around 18 July 2014, a separate pay check will be cut to cover the retro 2%, to include overtime, dating from 1 July 2013. 
  • On 1 August 2014, the 5% wage increase (FY2015), along with the 3% year 7 and 3% year 15 longevity steps, will be applied to your base and seen on your pay stub/check for this pay period. This pay stub/check will include retro pay dating to the first pay period of July 2014. 
  • Effective 1 July 2015, the 6% wage increase (FY2016) will be applied to your base.
 
Death of Dorothy (Dottie) Woods Print E-mail
Written by Robert F. Cherry, Jr.   
Thursday, 12 June 2014 13:29

We are sad to report the passing of Dorothy (Dottie) Woods on June 10, 2014. Dottie is the beloved mother of Terri Lopera and Diane Woods and grandmother of Lauren Lopera.

Dottie was a retired police officer of the Baltimore Police Department and for many years worked the front desk as the office manager for Baltimore City FOP Lodge 3. Dottie is also a past elected National Secretary of the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police. For those of us who knew Dottie, we recall a woman and a police officer who was outspoken, humorous and committed to the men and women of our great organization. She will indeed be sorely missed.

Funeral arrangements are as follow:

Viewing:    Ruck Towson Funeral Home

                  1050 York Road

                  Towson, Maryland

                   Friday, June 13, 2015 from 2:00-4:00pm and 7:00-9:00pm.

 Funeral:    Ruck Towson Funeral Home

                   Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 10:00am.

 
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