HJM brings more than 13 years of public sector labor experience to the negotiation table. As a chief advisor to Governor Martin O’Malley, Sean R. Malone drafted, negotiated and interpreted collective bargaining agreements with each of the State’s seven collective bargaining units.
For over three years, Mr. Malone served as Labor Commissioner for Baltimore City, during which time he negotiated and administered 16 multi-year labor contracts and acted as a hearing officer for grievance proceedings. Among his notable achievements as Commissioner, Mr. Malone negotiated a “return to work” policy for all city agencies, putting many municipal employees back to work and helping others to obtain hard-earned retirement packages. Mr. Malone also acted as a chief negotiator of an agreement between the Baltimore Building Trades and Baltimore Convention Center hotel developer Hensel-Phelps. The agreement secured labor peace, increased union participation and protected Baltimore‘s MBE/WBE goals in this monumental development project.
Before serving as Labor Commissioner, Mr. Malone was the Chief Legal Counsel for the Baltimore City Police Department. In this capacity, Mr. Malone acted as labor negotiator and union liaison for a department of 3,700 employees and developed strong relationships with police labor representatives. Since 2009, Mr. Malone has served as the chief labor negotiator for Howard County, where he has successfully delivered over 30 contracts for seven of the County’s bargaining units.
Mr. Malone has been applauded by labor and employer representatives alike for his “tough, but fair,” negotiating style and for his ability to be a “problem solver” in the face of gridlock.
HJM is proud to offer representation to private employers, public entities and labor organizations alike. Our team can aid in drafting and negotiating collective bargaining agreements, interpreting existing agreements and advising employers and employees on a broad range of labor-related issues.