MCGEO

"Here’s why three county unions are receiving generous raises"

From bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/ by Adam Pagnucco: “County Executive Marc Elrich has given the county’s largest labor union its most generous contract in recent memory.  And he has paid for it with a one-time diversion from retiree health care money, leaving huge uncertainty on how his labor contracts will be funded in the future….MCGEO, the police union…

Read More

Testimony before the County Council on the Proposed FY 2019 Budget

Testimony before the County Council on the Proposed FY 2019 Budget April 11, 2018 Thank you for the opportunity to testify on the proposed FY 2019 budget. I am Joan Fidler, president of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League. I’d like to note that this is very definitely a $5.56 billion election year budget – no…

Read More

Notes from the meeting of March 22, 2017

Topic: “The FY 2018 Montgomery County Budget and what it means for County Residents” Speaker:   Jennifer Hughes, Director Office of Management and Budget, Montgomery County Wed., March 22, 2017  –  7:00 – 9:00 pm Council Office Bldg. (3rd Fl. Conf. Rm.), 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD 20850 Free and open to the public Here are…

Read More

“A County’s Self-Inflicted Compensation Crisis”

From Governing.com: “One reason why even a large tax increase can’t cover the county’s expenses is that over the last six years deals negotiated by County Executive Isiah Leggett raised the wages of police, firefighters and other county employees by between 25.4 and 31.5 percent. Leggett says one reason for the hefty raises was his…

Read More

“Unions kill a smart arbitration proposal in Montgomery County”

From the Washington Post of July 29, 2016: “OVER THE past six years, wages for Montgomery County’s about 9,000 public employees — police, firefighters, budget analysts, clerks, librarians, bus drivers, jail guards and others — have grown between 25 and 31 percent. That increase, nearly three times the inflation rate over the same period, is…

Read More

Testimony by Pres. Fidler on Transparency in Labor Negotiations

Testimony Before the County Council on Expedited Bill 24-16, Collective Bargaining – Impasse Procedures – Amendments by  Joan Fidler, President of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League, July 12, 2016: President Floreen and members of the Council, I am Joan Fidler, president of the Montgomery County Taxpayers League and I am here to testify in support…

Read More

Booing and heckling against transparency in collective bargaining

President Joan Fidler of the Taxpayers League testified on July 12, 2016, before the County Council in support of Bill 24-16, Collective Bargaining – Impasse Procedures – Amendments.  She was booed and heckled by union workers during her statement in the last paragraph of her testimony where she stated “In the last three years most…

Read More

“George Griffin Out as Director of Department of Liquor Control”

From Bethesda Beat of January 29, 2016: “George Griffin is no longer the director of Montgomery County’s Department of Liquor Control (DLC)….Patrick Lacefield, a spokesman for the county, confirmed Griffin was leaving the department.  “It’s time for a change,” Lacefield said. “There’s going to be a national search to replace him.” “When asked if Griffin’s…

Read More

“Montgomery County unions continuing fighting the wrong battle”

  From the Washington Post of May 8, 2013:   MONTGOMERY COUNTY’S government unions, which for decades amassed powers unique even in the pro-labor state of Maryland, had their wings clipped when the recession forced local officials to roll back privileges — and blatant abuses — that bilked taxpayers and tied the hands of public agencies.…

Read More