MoCo Union Closes In On Pay Raise Deal
Gino Renne, president of Montgomery County's largest public employee union, said today that he is close to a compromise with County Executive Isiah Leggett on planned pay raises for workers, a far more upbeat assessment of negotiations than in recent weeks.
Renne and labor leaders who represent firefighters and police officers are talking with Leggett's team about giving up scheduled raises to help close a projected $450 million budget shortfall for fiscal 2010. Renne's deal would rely on his members giving up a 4.5 percent raise to contribute about $13 million.
Renne, who had described earlier talks as headed for a "train wreck," said he became more optimistic once Leggett became personally involved.
"The three union presidents had a one-on-one with Ike and were able to persuade him to get involved in the process," Renne said. "To his credit, he came to the table ready to make decisions and that moved things along."
Closing a deal, Renne said, will depend on reaching agreement with the administration about how future pension benefits will be calculated and whether the county provides a greater role for workers in decisions about spending.
December 16, 2008; 4:21 PM ET
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