ROCKVILLE-- As the Montgomery County Council debates Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett’s proposed budget, each of the items faces scrutiny faces, especially benefits and salaries for county employees.
The County Council is recommending Leggett and his staff reopen negotiations with the county’s public sector unions. The council said it is recommending that the Leggett renegotiate the 3.5 percent scheduled pay-increase for county employees.
Leggett said that the deals he and his staff originally negotiated with the unions as part of his 2017 fiscal budget are good deals and he will be hard-pressed to renegotiate them.
“This has happened before,” said Leggett about renegotiating collective bargaining agreements with the union, “but it is highly unlikely that any kind of negotiations are going to change that.”