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Cheh Demands Fifth Name From Fenty for Board

D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3) said today she's still contemplating whether to push to override Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's (D) veto of a bill that would allow the Public Employee Relations Board to operate with one member.

Due to longstanding vacancies on the board, the Council approved the emergency legislation earlier this month. But Fenty, who recently submitted four new nominees for the board, vetoed it late last week.

"The objective here is a simple one. To get a full board, five qualified members so that they represent the interests as the statue contemplates," said Cheh, chair of the Government and the Environment Committee. "And we haven't worked it out quite yet."

But Cheh has extended a carrot to Fenty. She said she wants the mayor to swiftly send over a fifth name from a list developed by organized labor.

"If the mayor would send over a fifth name according to the statue, which is to say chosen from a list presented by union representatives, I will move all five of them like a rocket docket, and have a fully functioning board," Cheh said. "What I don't want to have happen, however, is by some sort of strategy or default, is that we have four members all of whom are mayoral appointees fairly representative of the management prospective."

If Fenty does not send over the fifth name, Cheh said an override attempt could occur next month. Regardless, Cheh will push for an emergency bill at tomorrow's Council meeting to allow the current union representative on the board to continue serving until the standoff is resolved.

By Tim Craig  |  May 11, 2009; 11:36 AM ET
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Somebody's got to stay on top of him to keep his male ego in check.

Posted by: starclimber9 | May 11, 2009 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Stay on it Councilmember Cheh. The Mayor suffers from selective amnesia when it comes to issues like these. He wants the deck always to be stacked in his favor depriving everyone from equitable justice. The only reason the Mayor presented the four recent nominees is because the Council forced his hand. It took an overwhelming rejection of his ill experienced crony picks and the emergency legislation presented by Harry Thomas, Jr. for the quorum of one, before he moved on this. He finally presented qualified candidates. He is over 2 years into his term, that is ridiculous.

If he stalls on selecting the 5th, I'd suggest moving to override the veto so that the board can go about the business of reducing case backlogs.

The ball is clearly in the Mayor's court.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | May 11, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

It's about TIME someone held this mayor accountable for his actions, his duties, his choices and so forth. He needs to do what he needs to do so all of the pending lawsuits can be handled. Is he expecting to hold up the process and/or hide it until after the 2010 election?

Posted by: southyrndiva | May 11, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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