• Local 1994 President Renne Urges MD to Stop the Shift
    Updated On: Feb 28, 2012

     

    Dear Supporter,

    Take action today - send a letter urging your legislators to stop the shift.

    The shifting of teacher pension burdens onto Montgomery County, Prince Georges County and the other 21 Maryland counties will be an utter disaster. We urge the state to find an alternative solution.

    In Montgomery County, our members have already dealt with three years of professional and emotional turmoil related to the County’s budget. Right now, the public workers in this county are holding the system together with Band-Aids. There’s no room in the budget for infrastructure repairs, let alone improvements. Maintenance workers struggle to merely maintain our crumbling buildings, while the workforce within those buildings struggle to provide critical public services with fewer staff than ever. Our mass transit system is rapidly deteriorating, exhausted bus operators work mandatory overtime, driving poorly maintained, downright dangerous busses.  Caseworkers are overburdened with larger than ever caseloads. The library worker, the transit worker, the correctional officer, the county sheriff, and every public service worker in our county are facing similar challenges: shrinking budgets and growing needs.

    They’ve dealt with these challenges with remarkable poise and professionalism. But, if the state goes through with its plan to shift its financial responsibility onto the backs of our county, what will happen?

     
    The state financially incentivized the counties to increase teacher pensions and to increase their pay, and then THEY underfunded the system. They made the mistake – they need to fix it.

    Take action today - send a letter urging your legislators to stop the shift.

    Ask your legislator - Will you stand up for us?

    Thanks!

    Gino Renne
    President, UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO

    Visit Stop the Shift's website to learn what the shift will mean to you... Follow them on twitter:@stoptheshift or visit their Facebook page.

    Join us for other Stop the Shift activities

    Mar 05 2012 03:00 PM
    Join us when we lobby state leaders, urging them to reject this shift.
    Stop the Shift - Annapolis Lobbying
    Union Offices 
    600 S. Frederick Ave Ste. 200
    Gaithersburg, MD


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