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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."
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.

 
Results of Contract Vote Print E-mail
Written by Robert F. Cherry, Jr.   
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 19:30

On 20 May 2014 members of FOP Unit I (Police Officers and Flight Agents) and Unit II (Sergeants and Lieutenants) collectively voted in favor to accept the tentative agreement between the FOP and BPD/City of Baltimore.

 

A record number of active members turned out to vote today at the FOP. The ratification vote was tallied as follows:

 

Unit I (Police Officers and Flight Agents)

 

Accept:  986 (84.9%)

Reject:   176 (15.1%)

 

Unit II (Sergeants and Lieutenants)

 

Accept:  262 (92.6%)

Reject:   21 (7.4%)

 

On behalf of the FOP Labor Team, Gene Ryan and I want to thank every member of the bargaining unit for voting today and expressing your concerns - whether you were in favor of the tentative agreement or not. Now that the vote is compete, it is time to work together to ensure the transition to the new Patrol work schedule succeeds.

 

Thanks again and be safe.

 

Fraternally yours,

Bob Cherry and Gene Ryan

 
Pension Update - U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit Print E-mail
Written by Robert F. Cherry, Jr.   
Friday, 16 May 2014 11:12
On May 14, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit heard oral argument in Richmond, Virginia on the City of Baltimore's appeal of the trial court’s decision that the termination of the variable benefit was unconstitutional and on our appeal of the trial court’s decision regarding the rights of active police officers and firefighters and the City’s legislative taking of retirement benefits. 

The Court of Appeals did not indicate when it will issue a decision, but we will notify everyone as soon as it does.
 
Info Sessions - 4x10 Patrol Work Schedule Print E-mail
Written by Robert F. Cherry, Jr.   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 20:02

As indicated in the summary of the tentative agreement we put out on 30 April 2014, the FOP will hold several Information Sessions to answer questions pertaining to the new 4x10 Patrol work schedule on Wednesday, 7 May 2014 at 1630 hours and again on Friday, 9 May 2014 at (A) 0830 hours and (B) 1400 hours. The location is the FOP hall located at 3920 Buena Vista Avenue, Baltimore, 21211.

Also next week, the FOP will email to each member two attachments: 1. Wage scale showing the new salary steps effective 1 July 2014 and 1 July 2015; and 2. Patrol work schedule calendar for an entire year. This calendar will provide you with an example of how the H days rotate throughout the year using the new 4-on/3-off 10-hour work week.

This has been a long negotiation process and throughout negotiations there were many rumors, many of them started by people who had no access to negotiations. We heard everything from the BPD is taking away our Law Enforcement Officer’s Bill of Rights (The BPD can’t – the LEOBOR is legislation which was passed by the General Assembly in 1974 and affects every law enforcement agency in the State of Maryland) to the City is only giving us a 2% wage increase and none of it will be retroactive to there will be permanent days off under the new Patrol schedule leaving some members without weekends off. All rumors. All false.

Next week’s info sessions, along with the salary scale and Patrol work schedule calendar example, will allow you to continue to better understand this tentative agreement. The FOP’s objective is to answer your questions to help you make an informed decision. There is a reason we chose 20 May 2014 for the date of ratification - we want each member of the agency to take the time to understand this agreement and make a decision based on facts, not rumors.

This is a tentative agreement that the FOP enthusiastically supports and urges each member to vote YES at Ratification which will be held on 20 May 2014 from 0700 hours – 1900 hours at the FOP hall.

Fraternally,

Bob Cherry, Gene Ryan, and the FOP Labor Negotiation Team

 
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