Archive for February 2010

Gazette: “Tense union negotiations”

The Gazette documents county pay raises that beat inflation threefold. Nice work if you can get it. According to council staff director Steve Farber, salaries for members of [Gino] Renne’s union [United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1994/Municipal and County Government Employees Organization] increased by 96 percent from 1999 to 2009. That percentage represents increases…

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Post: “Cash on the barrel”

The Post’s editorial board wants to know whose interests the Council really serves In effect, local officeholders are so beholden to the union that they have forfeited their obligation to exercise independent oversight over contract negotiations. One result is that the average salary for a Montgomery County teacher, $76,483, is the highest among suburban school…

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Gazette: “County, labor union at an impasse in contract negotiations”

The Gazette reports on the contract fracas between the county and the MCGEO employee union: Gino Renne, president of The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1994/Municipal and County Government Employees Organization [said] ‘But the county will have to get off their high horse and take a leap of faith with their work force,’ Doug…

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Post: “In Montgomery County, scare tactics by teachers union are the norm”

From the Washington Post’s editorial board: Unsurprisingly, the MCEA, backed by its anointed candidates on the Montgomery County Council, the county school board and the local delegation to the state legislature, has been able to squeeze enormous concessions from the school system in past contract negotiations. Over the past three years, the salary of a…

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