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The Unions in Montgomery County Public Schools

Geoff Marietta, Susan Moore Johnson, and Jerome T. Murphy

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  • Case Code: KC01UNION
  • 34 pages


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  • Case Code: KC01UNION
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The case, “The Unions in Montgomery County Public Schools,” recounts one large, urban-suburban district’s successful efforts to partner with its three labor unions in order to increase student learning. This case follows the evolution of district-union relations as the parties representing each of the three employee groups negotiated contracts. It recounts a bitter fight about the education budget, which pitted the district and its unions against the county government. The case can be used with current and aspiring school, district, and union leaders.

Subject: Labor-Management Collaboration, Alliance-Building, Collective Bargaining, Capacity Building, and Shared Leadership
Setting: Large Public, Urban

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