The Montgomery County Council votes July 19 on changes to the way it negotiates with the police union.
The change deals with what's called "effects bargaining," and some council members, along with police chief Thomas Manger, want to get rid of it.
Effects bargaining deals with the way directives from management are implemented with union workers. Right now, a change or any new directive -- even something as small as making it mandatory for officers to check county e-mails once a day, something Manger has unsuccessfully pushed for -- must be negotiated with the union.
In Montgomery County, only the police union has the right to negotiate directives. All other unions must follow them automatically. Manger says effects bargaining makes the police department less effective, but union leaders say it is successful at resolving issues.
The council is also scheduled to take a vote today on whether to close a portion of Lincoln Street in Bethesda, a move that would allow for a massive expansion of Suburban Hospital.