On March 2, the House of Delegates passed a bill (HB 27) that called for collective bargaining for community colleges. This bill seeks a solution where there is no problem. It is as useless as applying a bandage on an arm where there is no wound. I not only voted against it but offered an amendment to exclude Frederick County Community College. It was defeated.
The facts are these:
- The Association of Community Colleges testified forcefully against this bill.
- The community colleges to this date are financially not fully funded.
- All of the delegates who spoke against this bill offered an amendment to exclude their respective community colleges; all were defeated.
- Those in support gave anecdotal stories of “mistreatment.” Others argued adjunct professors should be paid $15,000 per course. Really?
In closing, this bill is nothing more than a union recruiting bill. For the record, every Republican, along with two Democrats, voted against it.
Delegate Barrie Ciliberti, Republican, District 4,