County extends another union contract
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 11:05

Agreement is extended through 2016

by Ben Boehl

    For the second week in a row, Baltimore County has reached an early labor agreement with one of its employee unions.
    The county government and the union that represents firefighters and paramedics, Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 1311, agreed on a contract two weeks ago that will run through 2016.
    On Aug. 14, Baltimore County reached an agreement with another union, the Baltimore County Federation of Public Health Nurses (BCFPHN), covering the same time period.    
   

Just like the accord with the firefighters and paramedics, the BCFPHN contract was set to end on June 30, 2014, but was extended.
    The new agreement is similar to the deal with firefighters and paramedics. In November 2014, public health nurses will see a three-percent bonus for all employees on the payroll as of October 1, 2014, a three-percent cost-of-living allowance for all employees in the bargaining unit on July 1, 2015, and a promise of no layoffs or furloughs of employees through June 2016.
    “I am delighted that we were able to extend another labor agreement,” said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “What we are seeing over the past week is affirmation of the fact that our employees recognize that we are all in this together. They understand that if we manage our budget wisely, it provides security for them and their families. 
    “I really appreciate the work of BCFPHN president Karen Pilecki and her negotiating team as well as the efforts of George Gay, Director of Human Resources, for reaching this agreement,” he added.
    The extension was approved by 96 percent of the BCFPHN voting membership.
    “I am happy that our members approved this agreement,” said  Pilecki.          “This agreement recognizes the important work that nurses and nurse practitioners do in Baltimore County, and I appreciate the support that County Executive Kamenetz is showing us with the contract extension.”