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With labor talks underway, Andrews calls for pay freeze in Montgomery

Montgomery Council President Phil Andrews warned Monday that the ballooning county budget deficit - it's now hit at least $400 million, given rollbacks in expected tax revenues - will require an across-the-board salary freeze next year.

"All the alternatives to a pay freeze are worse. They are worse for the employees and they are worse for the public," Andrews said, adding that it's the only way to "avoid draconian cuts in services, layoffs and tax increases" in an already tough economy.

There's no accident to his timing: labor talks are underway between the county administration and public employee unions.

"I think it's important that that message is made clear at this point, so the parties in the collective bargaining agreements are under no illusions about what is affordable," Andrews said.

By Michael Laris  |  November 3, 2009; 8:53 AM ET
Categories:  Michael Laris , Montgomery County  
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Andrews is a good guy.

Government workers should consider themselves lucky, if the worst that happens in 2010 is a pay freeze. I, and lots like me, are down substantially, 20-40% and more, in 2009.

Posted by: countbobulescu | November 3, 2009 12:45 AM | Report abuse

Go Phil. At last someone in Rockville is showing a smidge of common sense. If the county's union employees try to strike or take other actions...fire them. I'm unemployed, as are thousands of others in this county, I'll gladly take their pay and benefits.

Posted by: VikingRider | November 3, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Put Robin Ficker on the Council. Then somebody will protect our tax dollars from fraud, waste and abuse.

Posted by: environmentvsdevelopment | November 4, 2009 1:23 AM | Report abuse

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