County Reaches Agreement With AFSCME
Six Labor Groups Extend Agreements Through June 30, 2016
Towson, Maryland (October 7, 2013) – County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that this past Friday Baltimore County reached agreement with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) on a labor agreement through Fiscal Year (FY) 16, which ends June 30, 2016. The new contract passed by an overwhelming margin of more than two to one, 127 to 58. There are 743 Pay Schedule II employees represented by the AFSCME bargaining unit. AFSCME workers are employed in the Department of Public Works and Property Management.
This latest agreement is significant because AFSCME employees have been working without a contract for more than a year. The County has now secured agreements through FY 16 with six labor groups. Over the past few weeks, the County reached similar agreements with the fire fighters and paramedics, the Baltimore County Federation of Public Health Nurses, the Chief Officers of the Fire Department, General Government SMCs, and the Police Executive Corps.
"I am very pleased every time we reach an agreement with one of our labor organizations," said County Executive Kamenetz. "But I am particularly pleased that we reached a new agreement with AFSCME. Many of the men and women in AFSCME are those who pave our streets, remove our snow, and repair our water and sewer systems. We have been working hard to make sure that they have a contract that is fair and sustainable, and I congratulate President Norman Anderson and his negotiating team for their effort in securing passage of this contract."
The agreement provides:
- Three percent bonus for all Pay Schedule II AFSCME employees on the payroll as of October 1, 2014 in November 2014
- Three percent COLA (Cost of Living Allowance) for all Pay Schedule II AFSCME on July 1, 2015
- Pay Schedule II AFSCME Employees shall not be furloughed or laid off in fiscal year 2014, 2015, and 2016.
- Pay Schedule II AFSCME employees who were on the payroll on October 1, 2012, will be reimbursed for a $250 annual clothing cleaning allowance that they did not receive last year when AFSCME did not have a contract.
"Once again I say that 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."