Baltimore County police ratify two-year contract

Members of the Baltimore County police union have overwhelmingly approved a new two-year contract.

Employees ratified the agreement by a vote of 1,057-45, according to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 4. The deal guarantees no layoffs or furloughs through June 2016.

Under the agreement, officers hired after July 1 will contribute 10 percent of their base pay toward their pensions, an amount higher than that of current employees. It also provides 3 percent bonus in November and a 3 percent cost-of-living increase in July 2015.

Voting took place Wednesday and Thursday.

The union is the last of the county's labor groups to reach an agreement with the county's administration. Members last approved a two-year contract in 2010. Most terms of that contract have continued under a binding-arbitration case.

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