Baltimore County reaches labor agreement with police

TOWSON, Md. - Baltimore County police officers will receive a 3 percent raise are guaranteed not to be furloughed or laid off through at least the next two fiscal years, under a tentative labor agreement between the county and the police union.

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced on Friday the negotiated agreement, subject to a vote of the full membership, with Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 that represents Baltimore County's police officers. 

According to the county, the agreement covers FY 15 and FY 16, extending through June 30, 2016.  There are more than 1,800 total bargaining unit members represented by the union. 

Also as part of the agreement, all county employees represented by the union as of Oct. 1, 2014 would receive a 3 percent bonus in November 2014. Also, all sworn personnel in the Baltimore County Police department hired on or after July 1, 2014 will contribute 10 percent annually to the pension fund; up from the current 8.5 percent rate.

With the latest pact, Baltimore County has now secured two-year agreements through FY 16 with all nine of its labor groups. 

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