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Union, County Reach Contract Agreement

Union representing nearly 1,600 County employees agrees to increased pension contributions in return for guaranteed pay increases and no layoffs or furloughs for the next three years.

The union representing correctional workers, highway supervisors, 911 employees, and office workers has reached an agreement with the county.

As part of the agreement, members of the Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees will receive regular step and longevity increases and a guarantee of no layoffs or furloughs through June 30, 2015 in return for increased pension contributions made by corrections officers.

Currently, corrections officers contribute 8 percent of their salary to the county pension system. As part of the agreement, corrections officers hired after July 1, 2011 will contribute 10 percent.

"I am very pleased that the County was once again able to reach an agreement with labor," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in a statement released by the county on Wednesday.  "It is another indication that our labor groups understand that if we are going to be able to avoid furloughs and layoffs and provide a pension that will actually be there when workers retire we must have a wage and benefit structure that is fair for employees and sustainable for taxpayers."

The county Federation of Public Employees represents about 1,600 employees.

This is the fourth union to reach such an agreement with the county in recent months.

The Baltimore County Professional Fire Fighters Local 1311; the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #25 representing County sheriffs; and the Baltimore County Federation of Public Health Nurses representing Baltimore County nurses .

Currently only the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees have not reached contractual agreements with the county.

The union agreed to the contract Aug. 29, according to the county statement.

Steve September 14, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Scott Walker got his ass handed to him today by the Courts. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/14/wisconsin-collective-bargaining-law_n_1885601.html
John T. September 16, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Bart. Have you had a opportunity to deal with any government agency? Or are you a member?
John T. September 16, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Calm Down. Why should they be getting COLA's when the most of the private sector has been without for the past 5 years. What part of the government are you working in?
Tired of the Complaining September 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM
John T. so you would rather not have any county services at all because the people actually helping you when you have an emergency or a question about your county taxes or getting your trash picked up get paid a small amount to deal with people like you. The only thing that makes it worth it is the small pension and job security. Only people like KK, Gardina and others like that are making off with the big bucks.
John T. September 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM
TotC: What rock are you living under. The pensions for government workers are some of the best in the workforce. The salary and benefits for these workers have outpaced the private sector, and that's a good thing only if you are a government worker, which from the sounds of it, you are.

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