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,

Annapolis

(8) comments

DickD

It does not surprise me that a Republican is against having negotiations for wages. Most all Republicans are against unions, going back to the 1930's, the Wagner Act of 1935 and then their union busting bill, the Taft-Hartley Act of 19347. Maybe you should think why the unions are against Republicans.

MCEDDE21

Eisenhower bragged about the increases in unionization during his two terms. He bragged about his increases for Social Security beneficiaries. Ike is certainly the only capable, honest, and decent leader the Republican Party has produced in the last 64 years. I don't expect any improvement from them any time soon, either.

jerseygrl42

it is the unions along with the clintons and other liberal lefties with their so-called free trade agreements that have destroyed our middle class through elimination of blue collar jobs...as always its all about the MONEY

gary4books

Money? I think not all is about money. I say it is about change in the jobs. The middle class has to keep up with the skills needed to do the jobs we have. My father and his brother were experts with tractors and implements. They had inventions to their credit. I started working in libraries with assisted database searches. Now the databases search themselves. I also designed and managed library computer systems. But that has changed since I retired. Our need is education for all who want to keep up. That ought to leave enough older jobs for those who do not want to change.

vicdavy

Unionization is Democracy in the workplace jersey!

DickD

God, jersey, are you wrong. Yes, Clinton signed NAFTA, but the unions didn't support that or free trade. In fact, George Bush the father of dubya, negotiated the deal in 1990. George signed the original agreement December 17, 1992. Clinton signed it after Congress passed it with 234 Republicans and 200 Democrats, in the House. The bill passed the Senate on November 20, 1993. Senate supporters were 34 Republicans and 27 Democrats,

DickD

P.S. It was about the money, but it was mostly Republicans.

Hayduke2

Jersey - get a clue. The Unions BUILT THE MIDDLE CLASS.... They had/have their faults but they did much more good than harm.

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