Kamenetz Announces Extended Labor Agreement
Ratified for Fire Fighters and Paramedics
Towson, Maryland (August 7, 2013) – Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that the Baltimore County Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 1311 representing County fire fighters and paramedics ratified extensions of the current labor agreement through FY 16.
"I am very pleased that we were able to extend the County's existing labor agreement with the Baltimore County fire fighters and paramedics," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "Union President Mike Day and his negotiating team worked closely with County officials to craft an agreement that is good for employees and sustainable for taxpayers. Once again, this contract protects employees against layoffs and furloughs for the next three years while providing some well-deserved pay increases, and that is extremely gratifying."
The agreement provides:
- Three percent bonus in November 2014
- Three percent COLA (Cost of Living allowance) on July 1, 2015
- Provides security and safety with no layoffs or furloughs through June 30, 2016
Michael Day, President of Baltimore County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedic, IAFF Local 1311 said, "It is only out of mutual respect that this agreement could be reached at this point and time. The Kamenetz administration has again demonstrated its commitment to our profession and public safety. I am extremely proud of both the Negotiations Team and our dedicated membership for their actions. They once again demonstrated reasonableness and understanding by turning out to vote for Safety and Security through 2016. Last night our members participated in the democratic process with one of the largest turnouts for a vote that I've seen during my tenure as President. Baltimore County fire fighters and paramedics get it, and once again they showed true leadership in approving this extension."
The current contract was set to expire on June 30, 2014. The new agreement extends through June 30, 2016.
"I am very proud of the County's responsible fiscal management," concluded Kamenetz. "It is the ability to look forward and manage the budget wisely that allows us to build new schools and renovate old ones. It allows us to repair an aging infrastructure, and it allows us to support our first responders ensuring that Baltimore County is a wonderful place to raise a family. Reaching realistic and fair labor agreements with our bargaining units is a very important step in that entire process. That is exactly what Baltimore County citizens expect."