On March 9, 2017, the Senate Finance Committee will consider SB 652 / HB 871, which would require a “one-size-fits-all” collective bargaining process for every Maryland community college.
Please contact Senators on the Senate Finance Committee and push for an unfavorable report on SB 652.
The move to collective bargaining outlined in this bill could create potentially unsustainable costs for counties, who provide substantial funding for community colleges throughout Maryland – especially since the legislation does not envision any added state support.
In addition, despite counties’ role in supporting community colleges, this legislation would not provide any opportunity for county governments to participate in collective bargaining negotiations.
The combination of these effects – State-imposed system and costs, no county participation in bargaining, and no additional State funding – is simply not affordable as a statewide county mandate and could present substantial budget difficulties.
MACo Contact: Email Kevin Kinnally, Policy Associate, MACo