County Reaches Agreement With Federation of Public Employees Union
Towson, Maryland (October 23, 2013) – County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced today that on Monday, October 21, Baltimore County reached agreement with the Federation of Public Employees on a labor agreement through June 30, 2016. The new contract was approved by those County employees with 98 percent of the vote. There are 1,460 total bargaining unit members represented by FPE. The union represents correctional officers, emergency communication technicians, office workers, and crew chiefs.
Police Only Labor Group Without Contract Extension
The County has now secured agreements through Fiscal Year 2016 with eight of its nine recognized labor groups. The only employees without a contract extension are members of the police department, represented by FOP Lodge 4. Over the past few weeks, the County has now secured agreements with:
- Fire fighters and paramedics
- General government SMCs
- Police executive corps
- Chief officers of the fire department
"I am really proud of our employees and their representatives," said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "Our employees get it. They appreciate the security that this new agreement provides, and they understand that our labor agreements must be fair to them and sustainable for taxpayers."
The agreement provides:
- Three percent bonus for all employees represented by FPE on the payroll as of October 1, 2014 in November 2014
- Three percent COLA (Cost of Living Allowance) for all employees represented by FPE on July 1, 2015
- All employees represented by FPE shall not be furloughed or laid off in fiscal year 2014, 2015, and 2016.
County Employees Are "The Gold Standard"
"The message remains the same: 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," concluded County Executive Kamenetz.