4:01 PM EDT, August 25, 2013
Baltimore County has reached agreements that extend contracts through June 30, 2016 for chief officers of the fire department as well as county supervisory, management and confidential employees, officials said.
The agreements provide 3 percent bonuses in November 2014 for all employees on the payroll as of Oct. 1, 2014; and 3 percent cost of living allowances for employees in supervisory, management and confidential and chief officers units on July 1, 2015.
The pact also guarantees step and longevity increases with no layoffs or furloughs for all employees in those groups through June 30, 2016.
County officials noted these groups are not represented by bargaining units, but do reach agreements through a process where selected representatives agree on terms in discussion with a county negotiating team. There are approximately 650 employees affected by the agreements.
The agreements bring the total to four groups that have recently extended agreements by two years. Over the past few weeks, the county reached similar agreements with the fire fighters and paramedics and the Baltimore County Federation of Public Health Nurses.
"We continue to make real progress in extending important labor agreements with our employees," County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said in a statement.
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