Administrative workers, deputies unions ratify three-year contracts with county


Anne Arundel County has reached agreements with two more of its employee unions, approving pay raises, county officials announced Friday.

AFSCME Local 2563, which represents administrative and support workers, and the sheriff's deputies union ratified three-year contracts last week, county officials said.

That means the county has announced new agreements with three of its 10 employee unions. All union contracts expire before the next fiscal year, which begins July 1.

The new agreements are subject to funding approval from the County Council.

Council Chairman C. Edward Middlebrooks, a Severn Republican, has indicated that he will oppose possible tax increases floated by Democratic County Executive Janet S. Owens. He also has said the council may not be willing to give raises as large as those given by Owens.

Under the agreement, the AFSCME workers would receive cost-of-living raises of 2 percent, 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively, over the next three fiscal years.

The deputies would receive 2 percent, 3 percent and 3 percent raises, respectively.

The groups also would pay a larger share of health care premiums, county officials said, although they did not release details.

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