Whether we’re beating back efforts to privatize public services or ensuring that our COLAs or other pay enhancements don’t end up on the budgetary chopping block, membership turn out is key to our success.
In fact, this year, the Montgomery County Council left Local 1994’s COLA and other benefits in tact despite cutting $54 million from the FY16 budget. There’s a direct connection between your activism and the Council’s actions.
Despite this victory, we are still expecting more battles. The threat of more Montgomery County cuts still looms. In Prince George’s County, there’s a structural deficit that could affect our PGCMLS members and members working for M-NCPPC are always facing battles. We cannot rest.
If you have a coworker who is not active in the union, or is merely participating occasionally, encourage him or her to get involved. If you know coworkers who only pay agency fees (not a full member), remind them that they cannot vote on collective bargaining agreements unless they are members. We need everyone involved and active to get the best contracts. Turn Out. Turn Out. Turn out!