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Labor Agreement Extension Approved

Extended for Baltimore County Federation of Public Health Nurses

Towson, Maryland (August 15, 2013) – One week after fire fighters and paramedics agreed to a two year extension of their contract, the Baltimore County Federation of Public Health Nurses (BCFPHN) approved a similar two-year extension last night, extending its current agreement through Fiscal Year 16. The extension was approved by 96 percent of the voting membership.

"I am delighted that we were able to extend another labor agreement last night," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "What we are seeing over the past week is affirmation of the fact that our employees recognize that we are all in this together. They understand that if we manage our budget wisely it provides security for them and their families. I really appreciate the work of BCFPHN President Karen Pilecki and her negotiating team as well as the efforts of George Gay, Director of Human Resources, for reaching this agreement. "

Extension Agreement

The agreement provides:

  • Three percent bonus for all employees on the payroll as of October 1, 2014 in November 2014
  • Three percent Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for all employees in the bargaining unit on July 1, 2015
  • Guarantee of step and longevity increases with no layoffs or furloughs for all employees in the bargaining unit for FY 14, 15, and 16

"I am happy that our members approved this agreement," said BCFPHN President Karen Pilecki. "This agreement recognizes the important work that nurses and nurse practitioners do in Baltimore County, and I appreciate the support that County Executive Kamenetz is showing us with the contract extension."

The current contract was set to expire on June 30, 2014. The new agreement extends through June 30, 2016.

Budgetary Management

"I will continue to reiterate that if you want to build and renovate schools, enhance public safety, and rebuild an aging infrastructure, you must manage the budget wisely," concluded Kamenetz. "Employees understand that and taxpayers expect it. It is that partnership that makes me so proud to be Baltimore County Executive."