ECC Survey

We received some feedback from the bargaining surveys that were sent out last year and, in an effort, to determine the need/desire for some of the responses please complete the following survey regarding sleeping quarters and uniforms. Please complete this survey by June 2, 2023. The Union will be reviewing your responses and addressing them at our next LMRC meeting in June.

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M-NCPPC Career Advancement


“Maximize Your Career Potential at the Commission

”Program Purpose

To provide high-potential employees with an opportunity to learn key skills that can help them to maximize their career growth at the Commission.

Program Description The M-NCPPC Professional Development Program is designed for high-potential employees interested in further developing their capabilities to maximize their career growth. The program’s goals include expanding participant knowledge of the Commission’s strategic objectives, enhancing their skill set in key areas of business management, customer service, leadership, etc., and helping to prepare them for additional opportunities in the future. The Professional Development Program requires an 8-month commitment from the participants, including attending seven virtual training classes (2 hours each) and participating in monthly hour-long mentoring conversations with a senior leader. Specific skills to be focused on in the program will include: 

•Emotional Intelligence skills such as managing emotions during interactions, etc.

•Business skills such as how to analyze data, etc.

•Financial management skills such as budgeting, etc.

•Customer service skills such as identifying customer needs, etc.

•Cultural competency skills such as being respectful of cultural differences when communicating, etc.

•Leadership skills such as how to motivate employees, etc.

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Employees Crowd Another City Council Meeting to Testify on Their Desire for Voice on the Job

For Immediate ReleaseMarch 29, 2023

Laurel, MD – On March 27, 2023, employees of the Laurel City Department of Public Works packed the City Council public hearing for the second time in two months to demand the passage of a bill recognizing their collective bargaining rights. Over 90 percent of the workforce have signed union authorization cards with UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO.

The current city code does not codify collective bargaining, except for the City’s police force. Unionizing the DPW workforce requires City Council legislative action.

When employees submitted their union authorization cards, demanding union recognition, several members of the City Council indicated that, while they support bargaining rights, they wanted to give Laurel City’s administration ‘professional courtesy,” allowing them a few months to investigate the issue.

Frustration and exasperation from the workforce boiled over at the City Council meeting.

Kate Wright, a DPW administrative assistant and a member of the union organizing committee, told the Council:

“One month ago, most of you said you support public works unionizing. Words without action are only words. Just as public works takes action every day to provide exceptional support, to go above and beyond to serve the community, we’re asking the council to take action, to go above and beyond, to show your support to put together a special session to expedite public works unionizing.”

“I have just given to you draft legislation for you to give deep consideration to expedite unionization,” said Lloyd Holloway, a public works employee and member of the union organizing committee. “We put our life on the line every single day, just like Laurel PD does. They have their union. We’re asking for the same thing. You’re asking for time to investigate, but we didn’t commit a crime. There’s no need to investigate. We want our equal right to unionize. Bottom line: you say you support union rights. What’s the holdup?”

“Everybody on the dais is elected to run this city,” said Gino Renne, president of Local 1994. “I’m perplexed as to why when you already have a model collective bargaining bill that you’re taking so long for you to decide whether or not you want to respect the request of your essential employees to exercise what I believe to be a human right, to sit down at the bargaining table and negotiate their wages and benefits. Then I hear a conflicting message that it’s essentially up to the executive to make that decision or lead on that issue. A public executive who stands in the way of a bill respecting bargaining power is no better than a CEO who stands in the way of their employees.”

Trevon McMillan, another DPW employee and union organizing committee member, delivered a petition of over 200 signatures from members of the Laurel Community calling for the Council to grant collective bargaining rights for the Laurel City DPW.

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Local 1994 represents 7,000 public employees in Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and beyond. From its inception, UFCW Local 1994 MCGEO has fought to protect workers’ rights, negotiate fair wages, and protect safety and security of workers.

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Montgomery County Members Overwhelmingly Ratify New Agreement

Montgomery County members: Congratulations – you have ratified your new agreement

We’re excited to announce that you and your coworkers have overwhelmingly ratified your new agreement with Montgomery County. The vote was 1534 votes to accept and 12 to reject.

This was a historic vote – with a great turnout and participation in the ratification. It does not go unnoticed by your employers the faith you have in your union. That amazing support translates itself into strong collective bargaining agreements like this one, which will increase your family’s financial health along with providing enhanced retirement benefits and stronger workplace protections.

Make no mistake, YOU and your coworkers are what makes this union so effective at the bargaining table. So many of you show up every time we ask and provide us with the solid foundation to go to the bargaining table and make sure you get the best contract we can negotiate. 

But as you well know, ratification is just one more step in this process. We still have to turn our attention to getting this contract funded by the County Council. So the focus must switch from bargaining to politics. And we must call on YOU and YOUR COWORKERS TO SHOW UP FOR YOURSELVES AND YOUR FAMILIES AND DEMAND THAT THE COUNCIL FUND THE CONTRACT THAT YOU NEGOTIATED. 

On April 13, we must pack the County Council’s first hearing on the budget where the Council will consider revenue enhancement measures that will help fund our agreement. We are working with all six unions that represent County workers in a united front, asking the Council to fund everyone’s agreements. We need to secure six votes from the Council. The majority of the Council has not been through this process before so our strong showing at the hearing can really have an impact. Will you join us? 


What: County Council hearing on the Budget

Why: It’s time to invest in the people who strengthen the fabric of Montgomery County. The County Council is considering a revenue enhancement to provide much-needed funds for our schools and communities. 

April 13th, Council Office Building (Stella Werner Council Office Building), 100 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD 20850

Dinner and Sign Making at 5:30 pm, County Council Building Cafeteria

Pack the Third Floor Hearing Room at 6:30 pm.

Wear union colors and demand a budget that fully funds county wage increases.


County Council hearing on the Budget

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