Written by Edward Wagner
Saturday, 25 October 2014 12:38
Baltimore City Lodge No. 3 Fraternal Order of Police Members:
In the last meeting of the Health Insurance Committee with the city (via conference call on 9/24/14) the city brought to our attention that starting in 2020, the city will no longer pay/offer Prescription (Rx) Drug Plans for Retired Members age 65 and older . In the year 2019 , when Open Enrollment starts, a retired member who is 64 will still be eligible for the City's Prescription Drug Plan, but when that member turns 65, even if it occurs before the next Open Enrollment in 2020, the City's Prescription Drug coverage will stop and the member will have to look for another plan (supplemental Medicare Prescription Drug Plan) that will suit their needs. You should be notified by the City, roughly 3 months in advance of you turning 65.
The reason for this letter is to get the information out for the members to be pro active so there is no gap in coverage.
When Pharmacy was added to Medicare in 2003 (MMA), the Rx benefit (Part D) included a coverage gap or what the media called a "donut hole". This is a somewhat complex concept, but picture your benefit ends after $2800 of Pharmacy benefits but then picks up again when you reach $4500 in out of pocket Pharmacy costs in a year. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) modified the MMA and will eliminate the "donut hole" in 2020. Please see this link for examples of how the "donut hole" will work in 2014 and 2015 as it begins to close gradually each year; http://www.med icare.gov/part-d/costs/coverage-gap/part-d-coverage-gap.html
This is not likely to be a huge takeaway for most +65 retirees if you are savvy consumers . A 2014 Enhanced Part D plan is similarly priced to the current City Prescription Drug Plan with no deductible.
- Some retirees who use non-preferred brand and specialty drugs may be negatively impacted financially .
- It is very difficult, at this time, to assess the true long term impact of this Prescription Drug Plan change on retirees, as we do not know how the Part D plans will change over the next 5 years or beyond as retirees are on their own in the individual market.
- This change is probably preferable over other changes the City could have deployed for +65 retirees such as private exchanges and group Medicare advantage. This assumes that the current group Medicare supplement plans stay in place without changes.
If you have any further questions you can contact me. John K Nolan
Treasurer John K. Nolan
Written by Robert F. Cherry, Jr.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 14:16
Thank you to the 182 members of the Baltimore Police Department (sworn and civilian) and State’s Attorney’s Office who registered to run in this year’s Baltimore Marathon - running in either the Full, Half, Team Relay or 5K. This was our largest team ever and collectively, thanks to Lee Corrigan and Corrigan Sports Enterprises, we raised over $20,000 for Signal 13 – the foundation that supports active police officers during times of distress.
There were 15 relay teams (4 runners who run the entire marathon route) registered under the “Baltimore Police” banner and all the teams competed for the Commissioner’s Trophy which had been held by SWAT for the past three years. This year, SWAT was overtaken by Academy Class 14-4. Their relay team consisted of POT Matthew Green-Hill, POT Derek Krautkremer, POT Benjamin Brown, and POT Joseph Falcon and they all paced a sub-7 mile. Congratulations to Academy Class 14-04.
BPD relay team results:
1. Academy Class 14-04 “Road Runners” 3:02:33 (total time) 6:57 (mile pace)
2. SWAT 3:06:51 7:07
3. SWAT “Pretty SWAT” 3:29:28 7:59
4. Academy Class 14-04 ‘Tortoises” 3:33:22 8:08
5. E&T/Range 3:36:27 8:15
6. FOP 3:42:00 8:28
7. NWD 3:53:27 8:54
8. “Team Puerto Rico” 3:59:03 9:07
9. “5-0” 4:09:42 9:31
10. SD 4:27:30 10:12
11. SWD 4:32:53 10:24
12. Command Staff 4:38:58 10:38
13. ND 4:40:52 10:42
14. SES “Team Seal Four” 4:58:23 11:22
15. SAO 5:04:48 11:37
Link to the photos taken by Gino Inocentes of the BPD throughout the day:
Written by Robert F. Cherry, Jr.
Friday, 03 October 2014 12:44
Since 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, the Unions have reengaged the City of Baltimore in an attempt to settle the lawsuit. We are working with the City to settle the “20 and out” for our active members and Judge Garbis has sent a letter to both the Unions and City asking for an informal meeting to discuss a settlement pertaining to the post-retirement COLA for retired members. If settlement discussions fail, then we will move forward with litigation.
There has been discussion circulated via the media and on certain radio shows about a potential effort to scale back the Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights (LEOBOR) for the BPD at the 2015 Maryland General Assembly. Keep in mind that the LEOBOR was passed by the General Assembly in 1984 and applies to every law enforcement agency in the State of Maryland, not just the BPD. Despite rhetoric from certain elected officials about the need to reform LEOBOR, the problem is not with LEOBOR but with maintaining quality hiring standards and conducting thorough investigations when alleged misconduct arises. Baltimore City FOP Lodge 3 and the Maryland State FOP intend on aggressively defending the LEOBOR in Annapolis should any attempts be made to change same.
Retro Pay – Members who Retired between July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014
On Thursday, September 25, 2014, the FOP presented a Step 4 class grievance on behalf of 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. Our Step 3 grievance was previously denied and we expect to be denied at this stage as well, setting a course for a Step 5 hearing before an arbitration panel. We will keep those retired members apprised of the outcome of the arbitration hearing.
Fiscal Issues – Delayed Overtime Payments/Vacation Cap and Loss of Leave/Comp Time Payout/VMI Days and LOD
The FOP met with the Fiscal Section to discuss our members’ concerns with not being paid overtime in a timely fashion. Part of the problem was a backlog of overtime slips due to the fact that payroll clerks are no longer allowed to utilize the “historical edit” function of e-time and those slips need to be forwarded directly to the Fiscal Section downtown. Fiscal notified the FOP this backlog has been eliminated. There still remains an issue with some clerks not getting slips in on time and Fiscal is working to address that with their clerks.
The FOP also addressed with Fiscal and Central Payroll the deduction of days from a member’s legacy bank to utilize vacation days once their bank had reached the cap of 192. The Labor Commissioner and BPD intervened and agreed with the FOP that as with past practice, a member may maintain a total of 192 leave days in their legacy bank as of December 31st and would be allowed to use accrued leave the following calendar year without having to either dip into that bank or forfeit any accrued leave each month if they didn’t use that leave. We are asking each member who did have leave days forfeited to email us your name and the number of days forfeited so we can have Fiscal restore those days to you. Email us at
. Keep in mind however that on December 31st, no member, for any reason, may have more than 192 leave days in their legacy bank.
The FOP learned that officers, sergeants and lieutenants who retired with comp time on their ledger were not being paid out cash for this time. This was in direct violation of the FLSA lawsuit filed by the FOP years ago that provided sergeants and lieutenants to be paid daily overtime as well as collect comp time. Central Payroll admitted this was an error on their part and comp time will be paid out in cash upon any member retiring from the BPD.
It was also brought to our attention that Central Payroll was not allowing members to maintain their VMI benefit - even after those members’ injuries were deemed LOD by Key Risk. Central Payroll argued that the MOU between the FOP and BPD required those members to file an appeal to the medical director. The Labor Commissioner intervened and agreed with the FOP that an appeal is not necessary if Key Risk deems the injury LOD and directed Central Payroll to accept that designation so those members could still earn the appropriate VMI days.
Bob Cherry and Gene Ryan
Written by Robert F. Cherry, Jr.
Monday, 22 September 2014 21:08
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Commission of Trustees
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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.
Detective Robert F. Cherry, Jr.