The Baltimore police union voted overwhelmingly Thursday to reject a one-year contract that would have reduced wages by nearly 2 percent in exchange for five additional vacation days.
Ninety-five percent of the members of the Fraternal Order of Police voted against the proposal; they were angered by pay cuts coming on the heels of an overhaul of the public safety pension system implemented by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, union president Robert F. Cherry said.
'It's not just a rejection of the city's best offer,' said Cherry. 'It's a rejection of the mayor and her inability to respect what these men and women do for the city every day and every night.'
In an e-mailed statement, a spokesman for Rawlings-Blake said she was 'disappointed but confident we can come to an agreement.
11 November 2010
Police union overwhelmingly rejects contract