Municipal unions ratify 3-year pacts with city


Labor unions representing police, blue collar and clerical workers in the city have ratified three-year pacts, Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins announced yesterday.

The length of the contracts for the three unions is a departure from the traditional one-year agreements and should result in reduced legal costs for the city, Mr. Hopkins said.

"We feel these agreements represent a new step forward in labor stability on behalf of our true employers, the citizens and taxpayers of the City of Annapolis," the mayor said in a written statement.

Members of AFSCME Local 3406, which represents the trades, maintenance workers and laborers, and AFSCME Local 3162, representing clerical and technical staff, will receive a three percent cost of living increase.

Members of UFCW Local 400, which represents police officers, will get a three percent cost of living adjustment and revised retirement options. Officers reaching age 50 with 20 years of service will be able to retire rather than waiting to accrue 25 years of service.

One union -- AFL-CIO Local 1926, which represents city firefighters -- still is negotiating a contract. Firefighters have been working without a pact since June 30.

Cab driver robbed at gunpoint

An Annapolis cab driver was robbed at gunpoint Monday.

Theodore Carpenter, 57, a driver for Yellow Cab of Annapolis, told police he picked up a fare in front of Henry's Liquors in the 2000 block of West Street about 3:45 a.m. Monday. ,The man pulled out a gun and demanded money, police said.

The robber took $135 and got out.

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