After a new Virginia law took effect May 1 allowing public employees to collectively bargain for the first time in 40 years, Prince William firefighters and police unions have urged county officials to take action to allow them to negotiate for higher wages and better benefits and work conditions.
The Prince William Board of County Supervisors responded by directing county staff to investigate creating a work group to draft a collective bargaining ordinance. The move came during a Tuesday, May 10, work session at Buckhall Fire Station – marking the first step toward allowing county employees to negotiate their contracts with the county executive.