UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO

UFCW Local 1994 is committed to advancing the economic interests of our members, their families and the community through the collective bargaining process; adding value to the work experience and building a stronger, more vibrant community. We will pursue policies and objectives to sustain and protect an effective infrastructure of public services—education, recreation, transportation, commerce and public safety—which improve and enrich the quality of life for all.

Local 1994 recognizes the importance of stable, meaningful jobs which offer family sustaining wages and benefits under safe working conditions. We will engage in legislative and political action and cooperate with other labor organizations, environmental and civic organizations, civil rights groups and like-minded organizations to advance the overall welfare of our members, their families, our neighborhoods, our region and our state.

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  • MCGEO began in response to unilateral pay cuts and benefit reductions imposed on the workplace in 1978. County workers were angered when the Montgomery County Council cut expected pay raises by 60 percent, refused to honor full cost of living increases, and cut retirement benefits by 50 percent by integrating retirement benefits with Social Security. As well, they forced employees to pay more out-of-pocket for health care. In 1983, Gino Renne and a slate of candidates challenged the MCGEO leadership at the time because the were not responding to the needs of the membership and were instead kowtowing to management. In 1984, the newly elected officers persuaded Montgomery County’s Charter Review Commission to allow voters to decide if the county should authorize collective bargaining for county workers. The issue got huge approval from county voters.
  • The group merged with Local 400 in 1984 and then received its own charter in 1993. The UFCW designated it as Local Union 1994 to coincide with the year of the transition from an arm of UFCW Local 400. Renne became the Local’s first president, working with one full-time and one part-time employee to serve two Montgomery County bargaining units: OPT and SLT.
  • Since that time, the union has grown from a single employer union representing approximately 3200 workers to now representing more than 8,000 members at eight different employers and growing.

Our Leadership

UFCW Local 1994 is governed by its elected Executive Board. The Board consists of the President, Secretary-Treasurer, Recorder, and twelve Vice Presidents.

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Our Mission

UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO is committed to advancing the economic interests of our members their families and the community through the collective bargaining process; adding value to the work experience and building a stronger, more vibrant community. We will pursue policies and objectives to sustain and protect an effective infrastructure of public services–education, recreation, transportation, commerce and public safety–which improve and enrich the quality of life for all.

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Membership Opportunities

Local 1994 has several committees that allow you to be active in the community while engaging in social activism with your union brothers and sisters. Committees include Political Action, Women’s Network, Civil Rights/Equity, Veterans, Events, and Young Members.

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Culture

You are the Union! When we join together, we can accomplish much more for our community, the people we serve, our families, and ourselves.
By uniting for common goals, members can negotiate with management to improve our jobs, make sure we are all treated fairly, and get the resources we need to provide a high quality services.

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Active Ballot Club

The Active Ballot Club (ABC) raises voluntary donations to help elect worker-friendly lawmakers at the local, state and national level. A healthy ABC program ensures that we can help the kind of candidates who speak up in the political arena for working families. We welcome donations from $2 to $10 per pay period that can be automatically deducted from your paycheck.

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MCGEO has protected and increased my salary and prevented draconian cuts to my health and pension benefits at a time when workers are under attack county- and nation-wide. Also, I have a tendency to speak my mind. And I want the protections of the union so I can continue to speak my mind.

Nell Marshall

Nell Marshall

United we bargain, divided we beg. - Librarian, Montgomery County Public Libraries

Protection is the key reason for having a union (wages, benefits, pension). Survive with Local 1994.

Bernadette Hope

Bernadette Hope

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