MACo Action Alert: Bill To Require Collective Bargaining Systems in Community Colleges Is Advancing


Please contact Senators on the Senate Finance Committee to push for a summer study of HB 27’s collective bargaining requirements on community colleges.


HB 27 has passed the House and is now in the Senate. MACo is requesting a summer study of the collective bargaining requirements of House Bill 27 / Senate Bill 363 in place of the legislation. In its current form, HB 27 – Education – Community Colleges – Collective Bargaining would require a “one size fits all” collective bargaining process for every Maryland community college.

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


Any major structural changes in community college administration, including collective bargaining, must be implemented carefully.

A summer study will allow the General Assembly to evaluate the administrative and fiscal effects of this legislation and determine:

  • The fiscal effect of the legislation and a revenue source for its implementation.
  • The legal effect of the legislation on community colleges that already allow some collective bargaining.
  • The local role in community college collective bargaining.
  • Specifics including: personnel needs, legal fees, number of bargaining units, length of contracts, and permissible areas for negotiation.


2016 Senate Finance Committee

MACo’s Testimony for HB 27

MACo Contact: Robin Clark Eilenberg, Research Director, MACo