After more than two weeks of “often contentious negotiations,” UFCW 1994/MCGEO reports that they’ve reached an agreement with Montgomery County on how to proceed during the COVID-19 pandemic. From the outset of the negotiations, the leadership of the three unions representing Montgomery County employees, fire fighters and police officers “agreed and insisted that all our members exposed to risks associated with COVID-19 be treated equally. We are all in this together, and this agreement reflects everyone's commitment to that ideal,” said Local 1994 president Gino Renne. The agreement, which covers comp leave, pay differentials, and telework or administrative leave, runs through June 20, unless the Maryland state emergency is rescinded before then. The agreement is designed to protect workers and their families “and reduce risks as best we can,” said Renne. “For those whose jobs require exposure to the public, the agreement is our attempt to adequately and appropriately reward you for the higher risks you are taking.”
photo: cleaning staff at work; photo from UFCW 1994 Twitter feed
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