Loudoun Supervisors to Hear Options on Gov’t Labor Unions

Loudoun County supervisors are set to make a decision on recognizing unionized public employees on Tuesday, April 20.

A state law going into effect on May 1 allows local governments to recognize public employee unions, and the county board plans to be ready for that law when it goes into effect. The law will allow public employees to petition the local government for a vote, but does not let them force collective bargaining—the local governing body would then hold a vote to decide whether to recognize the union, and if so, what sort of discussions to have with them. Doing so also requires the board to adopt a local ordinance.

Supervisors plan to have an ordinance ready in May, anticipating a possible petition from their employees. They are faced with a vote April 20 on what form that will take, and several supervisors—especially County Chair Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large)—have already said they support recognizing a union. The Board of Supervisors has already approved eight new positions to support collective bargaining.

One option is traditional collective bargaining, which would see a recognized union bargain on behalf of employees. The ordinance would set forth what topics are open to negotiation with the union. A staff report prepared for the Tuesday meeting notes the overall cost of collective bargaining—including both the staffing to support it, and any agreements reached with the union—will depend on the local ordinance and the results of those future negotiations. Staff members also estimate it could require hiring four more positions.

The second option is meet-and-confer, which would see county officials meet with a union for talks, but would not grant the union any formal bargaining power.

Supervisors could also back off the union discussion for now, not passing any ordinance. Under state law, if they then receive a qualifying petition from county employees, they will have 120 days to decide whether to recognize a union, possibly restarting the discussion.

Finally, they could send the question to the May meeting the board’s finance committee.

Already, many Loudoun government workers are members of unions. The Service Employees International Union Virginia 512 counts more than 200 Loudoun County employees among its members, and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689 is currently fighting to stop a new county contractor from taking away benefits from transit workers.

The county School Board, following the Board of Supervisors’ vote to not fully fund its adopted budget, is planning to cut the creation of a new collective bargaining unit, at least until a formal request is made. That reduction is expected to save $1.9 million in FY 2022.

11 thoughts on “Loudoun Supervisors to Hear Options on Gov’t Labor Unions

  • 2021-04-16 at 3:47 pm
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    I’ve made this request at least a half dozen times publicly, with a grand total of ZERO replies.

    Please provide THREE (3) tangible benefits for the taxpayers of Loudoun, if public employees were to organize.

    This should be super-duper easy.

    Let’s hear ’em.

    • 2021-04-19 at 1:31 pm
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      Let’s make this easier for the pro-Union crowd:

      How about TWO (2) tangible benefits that will accrue to the residents and taxpayers of Loudoun if the politicians invite organized labor into the ranks of the public employees here?

  • 2021-04-16 at 4:10 pm
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    Option A. Hire more government employees, who will be union members themselves, to over see the union shakedown of taxpayers, who then launder a percentage back to the politicians, who in turn give the union even more taxpayer money. Repeat.

    Option B. See above.

    Option C. See above.

  • 2021-04-16 at 4:22 pm
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    Prominent Democrats used to oppose the unionization of government employees. And, for good reasons. Conflict of interests prominent amongst them.

  • 2021-04-16 at 4:36 pm
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    I agree with Ace.

    There is no reason to allow this cancer into Loudoun County.

    NONE, which is exactly why our esteemed BOS will move forward with this terrible idea.

    No benefit to residents which means we need to FOLLOW THE MONEY.

    Loudoun lunacy continues.

  • 2021-04-16 at 4:39 pm
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    And you won’t hear a reply because given the type of work that the majority of Loudoun County employees perform, especially those who work in the main office, there are no benefits to the taxpayers.
    This is simply another pandering effort to garner more support for the incumbents on the BoS. Now, if all of the Loudoun County employees worked in a uranium mine or did underwater submarine repair, then they might need a union to insure safety was managed effectively.
    Also, since this BoS will probably vote for the union stuff, no meetings should be held on taxpayer property and definitely no meetings should be held during the core working hours of 8:30AM – 5PM.
    As a taxpayer, I expect every Loudoun County worker to give me 8 solid hours of work every day given the benefits these employees accrue over time.
    I am sure that most of these folks are good people and mean well, but they should have the confidence in the quality of their work and their overall work ethic and not give any union a dime (unless they actually work in a uranium mine).
    If these Loudoun County administrative workers don’t feel that their work is good enough and they need a union to protect them, then they can do it on their own time at their own expense.

  • 2021-04-16 at 7:06 pm
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    There is absolutely no reason to unionize Loudoun government workers except for the democrat officials to line their pockets with union contributions.
    Then the democrat govt officials give sweetheart deals to government employees as payback.
    The cycle continues until Loudoun taxes soar out of control and the county goes broke.
    Look at any NJ town, NYC or most liberal run cities.
    Government unions were even opposed by Franklin Roosevelt because he recognized the state inherent corruption.
    This is liberal madness!

  • 2021-04-16 at 8:09 pm
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    Unbelievable. The very LAST thing we need as LoCo residents and taxpayers is for our already lazy, incompetent, and power hungry government employees to unionize. It should be a no-brainer to deny this….which makes me very afraid it will happen.

  • 2021-04-19 at 1:07 pm
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    How about the Loudoun board holding a hearing on how to reduce the size and influence of government workers, especially school employees that account for most of the county budget?
    Instead this liberal board constantly looks for ways to expand government and pursue bogus “woke” scams.
    Unionization is a a great way to screw taxpayers yet again.

  • 2021-04-19 at 5:38 pm
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    This paper’s Week of Dec. 27, 2020 poll asked Loudouners if they want public servants to unionize. EIGHTY (80) percent said no. I think that is the highest percentage of agreement of any poll all year.

    This is a no-brainer and the answer is NO!!

    • 2021-04-29 at 5:12 pm
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      Yes, David, but just like the School Board routinely ignores the will of the people, so will the BOS when it comes to allowing this debacle to move forward. 80% of us say NO but they just don’t care.

      It’s almost as if they want us to move out. “Let’s destroy the schools and now let public employees unionize.”

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