TOWSON, Md. - Baltimore County has reached an agreement with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) on a labor agreement through Fiscal Year 2016, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced.
According to a Baltimore County news release, the new contract passed by 127-58 vote. AFSCME workers are employed in the Department of Public Works and Property Management.
The agreement comes more than a year after the workers’ previous deal had expired. They had been working without a contract ever since. Kamenetz said the County has now secured agreements through FY 16 with six labor groups, including similar deals with 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 Kamenetz in a statement. "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."
Among the highlights of the deal mentioned in the release are:
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