Oh since we’re straying into other elements of this latest controversial matter involving political decision making in the county, we’ll go ahead and toss out one more opinion. As a citizen we favor letting the voters decide whether the deputy sheriffs should be granted binding arbitration. If the voters don’t feel they deserve this protection, they’ll turn it down and if those taxpayers are okay with it they’ll approve it. We watched the same process in Elkton and the Mayor and commissioners opposed it there but the voters approved the protection. It hasn’t brought the town of Elkton to a standstill yet, despite worries presented in an advertising campaign financed by the Mayor and Commissioners.
In fact, we’ll go an extra step here and say we favor allowing them to have binding arbatration. It is a standard labor-management tool and if you’re going to allow a workforce to have collective bargaining,what happens when the two parties can’t reconcile their differences. It’s a highly regulated process and there has to be some mechanism to force both parties to reach an agreement. Otherwise, what’s the sense of giving these hardworking men and women of Cecil County law enforcement a collective bargaining agreement. We’ll probably have a lot more to say on this as we get over the decision being made behind closed doors.