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August 27, 2010

Ehrlich to get a labor endorsement

Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich is poised to pick up a union endorsement next week: The Maryland Classified Employees Association sent out an email to say they'll support his candidacy.

Most of the other labor groups are siding with Gov. Martin O'Malley, a democrat. And MCEA, or at least a faction of it, supported O’Malley in 2006 (see portion of Sun story after the jump.)

This time the group’s leadership is angry that O’Malley supported legislation requiring state employees to pay dues to the union that is in charge of collective bargaining -- whether the employees are members of it or not.

“If people don’t want to be a member of a union you should not have to pay a fee,” said MCEA Executive Director David Boschert, a former Republican delegate. MCEA, has about 10,000 members including an number of correctional officers, but is not a union designated to do any collective bargaining.
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Date: Thursday, October 19, 2006

Robert Stephens, president of the MCEA, said Council 92 backed O'Malley because the mayor supports legislation allowing the union to collect fees on all state employees, not just its union members, to pay for its collective bargaining authority. Ehrlich opposes the fee. Bailey said O'Malley told the union that he does not oppose the fee, but that there was no quid pro quo for the endorsement.

The governor has worked to ease tensions with correctional officers with pay raises this year and legislation to hire retirees to offset staffing problems, said Kelly, the delegate. He said he did not know if that would be enough to mend divisions, but he added that there is not enough discontent to translate into enhanced Democratic turnout. "Ehrlich has been very good to this part of the state on highway projects and by giving us the first high school in 50 years to be constructed in Allegany County," Kelly said. "These [correctional] employees are not one-issue people."

O'Malley made the drive from Baltimore last week to meet with Hagerstown business leaders at a hotel conference room here. As he pulled off Interstate 70, large blue Ehrlich signs greeted him.

Correctional officers endorsed Ehrlich in 2002 believing the prison system could not get worse, the mayor said. "But it has," O'Malley said. "I think we will do much better in Western Maryland then we did four years ago."
Posted by Annie Linskey at 3:12 PM | | Comments (1)
Categories: Horserace


Gee they sound like the people I want voting for a "new" form of state leadership. What is surprising is that more people haven't demanded a real choice in Maryland this election. Now I know why Sarah Palin endorsed Brian Murphy. Anything is better than the NO CHOICE between O'Malley and RINO Erlich.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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