March 17, 2010

Unions knock Leggett budget for its layoffs, furloughs, wage freezes

Some Montgomery County union leaders are lashing out at County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) because his $4.3 billion budget proposal for fiscal 2011 includes layoffs, furloughs and wage freezes. Walter Bader, chief negotiator and past president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 35, says Leggett illegally denied police officers the pay raises they were to receive in their negotiated contracts.

"He's required to put in what's in the contract," Bader said of Leggett. "He's required to do that. If he doesn't then he is in violation of the law." Under Leggett's proposed budget, released Monday, as many as 232 county employees could lose their jobs, and most government employees will be forced to take 10 days of unpaid leave.

SOURCE: Gazette

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