Counties Resist Bargaining Mandate for Community Colleges

On Friday, Michael Sanderson submitted written testimony in opposition to HB 766 Education – Community Colleges – Collective Bargaining.

This bill would establish a uniform statewide collective bargaining process for community college employees, but would not provide local flexibility in the decision for this at county community colleges.

From the MACo Testimony:

Counties oppose the one-size-fits-all approach of HB 766, which limits local decision-making. The move to collective bargaining outlined in this bill could create potentially unsustainable costs for counties, who provide substantial funding for community colleges throughout Maryland—especially since the legislation does not envision any added State support. Moreover, this bill will lead to increased tuition costs at a time when training and education opportunities are most needed.

In addition, despite counties’ role in supporting community colleges, this legislation would not provide any opportunity for county governments to participate in collective bargaining negotiations. The combination of these effects – State-imposed system and costs, no county participation in bargaining, and no additional State funding – is simply not affordable as a statewide county mandate and could present substantial budget difficulties.

For more on 2019 MACo legislation, visit the Legislative Database.