MoCo Talks With Unions Stall Over Pay Raises
Montgomery County's annual Arts and Humanities ball was not all dancing and celebration last night. Instead, several council members huddled with union representatives who reported that talks had stalled with County Executive Isiah Leggett over rolling back planned pay raises to help close a massive budget gap.
Leggett's team had set Monday, Dec. 1, as its target for coming up with an agreement with union leaders, but it was not to be. Even so, Leggett sounded upbeat today. "We're moving foward," he said. "It's not like there's a hard and fast deadline."
Gino Renne, president of the county's largest union for government employees, was less cheery. He said he is frustrated by what he views as a "one way conversation."
"They are demanding that we give with no reciprocity," he said, adding that he is willing to "take one more shot to try to avoid a train wreck."
December 2, 2008; 3:21 PM ET
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