Montgomery Council President Andrews Applauds MCPS
Tentative New Contract Agreements With School Employees
Says Agreements With Employee Unions to Forego 5 Percent COLAs
in 2010 Will Help Budget Crisis and Save Many Jobs
ROCKVILLE, Md., Dec. 4, 2008—Montgomery County Council President Phil Andrews said today that he applauds a tentative agreement reached last night between Montgomery County Public Schools and leaders representing four associations representing school employees to forgo five percent cost-of-living adjustments for Fiscal Year 2010. Beyond the financial aspects, Councilmember Andrews said the agreements will lead to the saving of many jobs that likely would have been eliminated without the agreements due to the County’s projected large operating budget shortfall for FY2010.
“As I said on Tuesday—my first day as Council president—hard times force hard choices and present the opportunity to reconsider fundamental assumptions about what the County does and how the County does it,” Council President Andrews said. “The County cannot afford the level of pay increases negotiated in much better times. I congratulate the leaders of MCPS and the leaders of the employee associations in working so hard to reach these agreements. Not only will these agreements save about $89 million, they also will save many employees’ jobs as we face a potential budget shortfall of about $449 million for Fiscal Year 2010.”
Council President Andrews said he hopes other employee associations talking with Montgomery County about their current contract agreements also will reach similar agreements.
“Revised contract agreements are only part of what must take place to help solve our budget crisis,” said Councilmember Andrews. “Sacrifices will come from every sector of our County. However, these agreements with school employees I believe will set the tone for other unions representing County-funded employees.”