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Help Stop Mandated Unionization at All Community Colleges

ACTION

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 ISSUE

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.

CONCERNS

  • Significant fiscal impact on community colleges and local governments / No revenue source for implementation. In fact, the Governor’s 2018 budget plan would cut back state community college funding.
  • Upon their expiration, existing community college collective bargaining agreements would have to be repealed and replaced with a much more restrictive collective bargaining process.
  • No local role in community college collective bargaining.
  • No local flexibility in the decision to allow community college collective bargaining.

KEY CONTACTS

2017 Senate Finance Committee

MACo’s Testimony for HB 871

MACo Contact: Kevin Kinnally, Policy Associate, MACo


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