Press Release - Regents' Finance Committee Recommends Support for Collective Bargaining Legislation

December 20, 2000

Regents' Finance Committee Recommends Support for Collective Bargaining Legislation

The University System of Maryland (USM) Board of Regents' Committee on Finance today recommended that the full USM Board of Regents support the concept of collective bargaining rights for university staff on a System-wide basis. In addition, the Committee recommended that legislation providing such rights recognize the unique needs of each of the USM institutions by providing for strong institution-specific sub-agreements.

Today's action was taken in anticipation of Governor Parris N. Glendening proposing collective bargaining legislation for university staff to the General Assembly in its upcoming session. It is expected that, in general, the legislation will grant university staff the same rights that other state employees now have to select a bargaining representative, usually a union, to represent them in negotiations over wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment.

Contact:

Chris Hart
Phone: 301/445-2739
E-mail: chart@usmd.edu