County Reaches Agreement with Additional Employees
Four Groups Now Have Extended Agreements Through June 2016
Towson, Maryland (August 23, 2013) – County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that Baltimore County has reached agreements with its Supervisory, Management, and Confidential employees (SMCs) as well as the chief officers of the fire department through Fiscal Year 2016. Although these groups are not represented by official bargaining units, they do reach agreements through the "Meet and Confer" process where selected representatives of these employees agree on terms in discussion with the County's negotiating team.
These agreements bring the total to four groups that have now extended their agreements by two years. Over the past few weeks, the County reached similar agreements with the fire fighters and paramedics and the Baltimore County Federation of Public Health Nurses. There are approximately 650 employees affected by these two additional agreements.
"We continue to make real progress in extending important labor agreements with our employees," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "It becomes clearer every day that County employees are willing to partner with us to create fiscal stability in Baltimore County."
The agreement with SMC provides:
- Three percent bonus in November 2014 for all employees on the payroll as of October 1, 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
- Increases its professional development fund from $10,000 annually to $25,000
"Like the earlier agreements, these extensions are good news for employees and taxpayers," concluded County Executive Kamenetz. "You simply can't say it enough: if you want to build and renovate schools, enhance public safety, and rebuild an aging infrastructure, you must manage the budget wisely. Baltimore County employees really are the gold standard in the nation in their understanding of that important fact, and County taxpayers appreciate such a reasoned approach to very challenging issues."