The spokesman for a newly-formed coalition of Prince George's County labor unions said yesterday that County Executive Lawrence J. Hogan was "rapidly drawing into a serious confrontation with county employes"and that strikes or other job actions were "a definite possibility" in the coming months.

Paul Manner, a leader of the new coalition and the chief negotiator for five blue-collar unions whose contracts with the county expire June 30, said that county labor leaders were "appalled and disillusioned" by Hogan's decision to provide salary increases of 3 percent for county employes in next year's budget.

"We've crossed that fine line and delcared war," Manner said. "Hogan has thrown down the gauntlet and slapped labor in the face, and we're retaliating."

Eight unions representing 47 percent of the 6,299 county employees are currently negotiating with the county because their contracts expire this year. The current contracts expire this year. The current contracts of most of those unions call for yearly salary increases of a least 5 percent.

In addition, three unions of school board employes representing 13,000 workers have already reached settlements that call for salary increases of five percent in each of the next two years. Hogan's budget, however, provides only enough money for 3 percent raises.

Manner charged that Hogan's announcement of three percent funding limit for all salary increases while some negotiations were still continuing was "an unfair labor practice."

"Hogan doesn't understand collective bargaining," Manner said. "He's unable to deal with the common working man."

Hogan denied yesterday that he had violated the ground rules for negotiations by announcing the three percent figure, and said he would not necessarily veto any salary increase for the unions over three percent.

But Hogan added, "if the unions negotiate for more that three percent, I'm going to have to lay off some workers to spread that money around."

"It's just like the school board," Hogan saide. "If they don't renegotiate their contracts at 3 percent, they are probably going to have to fire some teachers."

Representatives of ten county unions gathered in Forestville Thursday for an "emergency meeting" to consider Hogan's wage policy. The group agreed to form a coalition, Prince George's County Employees United Against Unfair Labor Practices, and issued a statement yesterday accusing Hogan of "irresponsible, anti-union, and labor-busting tactics."

Manner said he called Thursday's meeting after a confrontation between Hogan and officials of the local American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees at a negotiating session Wednesday.

Union leaders asked that Hogan come to the bargaining session because they were upset by newspaper reports that Hogan did not plan to include enough money in his budget to pay for the school board contracts, Manner said.

When Hogan arrived, labor leaders accused him of breaking bargaining ground rules by announcing the 3 percent fund limit.

"I told them that I was not talking about negotiations, I was talking about the budget," Hogan said yesterday. "And it's a public fact that there is funding inthe budget for only 3 percent raises.

"Then I told them," Hogan recalled, "that they could settle for 4 percent if they wanted, or 10 percent of 12 percent. But if they got more than 3 it would mean layoffs."

At that point, both sides agreed the meeting deteriorated.

At that point, both sides agreed the meeting deteriorated.

"They screamed and they cursed and they shouted," Hogan said of the AFSCME leaders. "They accused me of all kinds of things."

"Hogan was very arrogant," said Manner. "He seemed to be very annoyed that we had brought him in. He blamed it all on TRIM (the county's limit on property tax revenues), and asked us if we wanted to take money away from the other county services, like for the handicapped and the crippled.

"But our answer is that it's his inability to deal with TRIM that's causing the problem," Manner said. "And even if Trim didn't exist the unions would still not be able to work with him."