June 23, 2011
Baltimore County officials announced a tentative agreement with its public health nurses union, as two other units ratified contract extensions requiring them to give up cost-of-living increases through 2014.
The county sheriffs and firefighters unions approved the extensions by 96 percent and 98 percent, respectively. Under the agreement, employees will receive scheduled increment and longevity increases, and contribute more to their pension plans. In exchange, they will not be laid off or furloughed.
Earlier this month, the county announced that it had also reached a tentative agreement with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) representing skilled trade employees and laborers. The two largest unions — the police union and the county Federation of Public Employees, which represents most government workers — have not agreed on contract extensions.
According to a news release from County Executive Kevin Kamenetz:
As a result of these agreements, all new employees in the Sheriff’s department hired after July 1, 2011 will contribute 10% to their pension annually, up from the current rate of 8%. New uniformed members to the fire department hired after July 1, 2011 will also contribute 10%, up from the current rate of 8.5%.