Contract Ratification Update

March 30, 2017
Dear Sisters and Brothers:
We are proud to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with the County which will yield economic growth for all members.
This agreement is for a two-year term and includes:

Wage increases for all members
An additional longevity increment for eligible members at top of grade
Classification studies
Increases in tool and shoe allowances
Increases in tuition assistance
Free access to County recreation and aquatic facilities
Additional progress in narrowing the gap between our sworn public safety personnel and police and fire.

The agreement is tentative until it is ratified by the membership and approved by County Council.
A copy of the agreement is available above.
Please note that the appendices and side letters are specific to particular departments or divisions.
Due to the complexity of this agreement and the need to have a candid internal conversation regarding the challenges that lie ahead, we have suspended mail balloting. We encourage everyone to attend one of the 10 meetings scheduled throughout the County where the union will be available to answer any questions on the tentative agreement.
You will be given two (2) hours of administrative leave to attend a ratification meeting. Administrative leave forms will be provided at the conclusion of the meetings.
This is your Union and your contract; make sure that your voice is heard.
The meeting/polling schedule can be found below. Members may also vote during office hours at the union office from Monday, April 10th through Friday, April 14th.
I would like to extend a special thanks to the members of the bargaining team for their dedication, and tireless advocacy on behalf of the entire Montgomery County bargaining unit:
Beverley Bierman, Brenda Hartwig, Carlos Taylor, Edward Trever, Cassandra Harper, Conor Toole , Erik Perry, Gilberto Zelaya, Jeffrey Noel-Nosbaum, John Smoak, Jose Rivera, Linda Foley, Maynard Thorn , Mike Trigiani , Nancy Austin , Navette Blades, Nickolas Knowlton, Patricia Mitchell, Robert Lehman, Thomas Coulter, Thomas Soileau, and Tonette Leary.
You have our commitment to continue to fight for progress in all areas of your employment. We look forward to seeing you at a meeting and appreciate your participation. Your vote is your voice.
In Solidarity,
Gino Renne,
President

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You work hard – so we want to make sure you get the most out of your UFCW membership. To learn more about extra value on vacations and rental cars visit UFCW.org/value.
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We are happy to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement with Montgomery County.
Highlights of the two year agreement include:

A general wage adjustment
Service increments for employees not at top of grade
Wage scale enhancements
Increases in tool and shoe allowances
Use of recreation facilities and aquatic centers free of charge
Increases in tuition assistance

…and more
Specifics of the current deal will be mailed to members’ homes in the coming days. Dates for ratification meetings will be included in the mailed packets and will be sent via email.
We would like to thank bargaining team members and alternates who worked hard and stood united throughout these particularly tough negotiations to get the best agreement possible: Beverley Bierman, Bob Lehman, Brenda Hartwig, Carlos Taylor, Cassandra Harper, Conor Toole, Erik Perry, Gilberto Zelaya, James Rowe, Jeffrey Noel- Nosbaum, John Smoak, Jose Rivera, Linda Foley, Mark Thorn, Mike Trigiani, Nancy Austin, Navette Blades, Nick Knowleton, Patricia Mitchell, and Thomas Soileau.

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Contact members of the Bi-County Committee and let them know you want them to support this bill! The bill name is HB 321
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