Regarding "Service workers would be retained when contracts change hands under city proposal" (May 13), this bill should be a nonstarter. It is a bad idea from soup to nuts and will cause Baltimore to continue earning its anti-business bad reputation.

Has the councilwoman who contrived this monstrosity put herself in the shoes of the incoming contractor who would be saddled with employees of whom he or she has no knowledge, no experience, no idea of how they might or might not fit in with the contractor's corporate culture, no inkling of whether or not they would actually hire this person without having been forced to by the city government? And if this councilwoman believes that having a draconian regulation like this will not affect the price charged to these Baltimore hotels, universities and other facilities, she will soon see how mistaken she is.

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The potential liability to a company forced to retain employees it did not hire is staggering. This bill would almost certainly prevent some rational and fiscally responsible contractors even from bidding in Baltimore. The good news is that Mayor Catherine Pugh is very well educated in finance and business and has demonstrated a sound understanding of the negative effects of these silly and undermining economic proposals the seemingly uninformed and clueless Baltimore City Council keeps coming up with (excluding the heroic Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer and a few others). Mayor Pugh cannot fail to veto this latest bit of insanity.

Paula Fargo, Reisterstown

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