The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to take action on a proposed 21-page collective bargaining ordinance Dec. 7, after a lengthy public hearing earlier this month.
The ordinance, if passed, would allow county employees, such as firefighters, maintenance workers, mental health nurses and librarians to enter into collective bargaining with the county.
Chairwoman Phyllis Randall (D-At Large), who made a motion to forward the item to next month, urged her colleagues to speak with union representatives and be prepared to vote.
“When we come to the meeting on December 7, we’re going to vote on these items in the package, but I imagine there are going to be other items that come to this board and that’s fine with me,” Randall said.
As previously reported, Virginia counties, cities and towns were permitted to enter into collective bargaining agreements with labor unions as a bargaining agent for public employees after legislation was passed in March by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Ralph Northam (D).
Constitutional officers and their employees are excluded from coverage.
The board has authorized eight new full-time positions for collective bargaining support, according to an April 20 staff report. All of the positions and $300,000 in recurring contractual costs to support and administer a bargaining structure are fully funded in the fiscal 2022 budget.
Some of the employees that could benefit are representatives of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Virginia 512, which represents Loudoun County general employees, including nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, librarians, parks staff, maintenance workers and engineers.