MACo Opposes Statewide Community College Collective Bargaining

MACo Policy Analyst Robin Clark Eilenberg testified to the House Appropriations Committee on January 26, 2016 in opposition to HB 27, Education – Community Colleges – Collective Bargaining.

This bill terminates several local collective bargaining systems at community colleges and replaces them with a “one size fits all” collective bargaining approach, which limits local decision-making.

The move to collective bargaining outlined in this bill could create potentially unsustainable costs for counties, who necessarily provide substantial funding for community colleges throughout Maryland.

MACo’s written testimony states:

The combination of a State-imposed system and costs, no county participation in bargaining, and no additional State funding results in a potentially substantial unfunded mandate on county governments.

MACo opposed identical legislation in past sessions of the General Assembly.

For more on MACo 2016 legislation, visit the Legislative Database.