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Many Maryland state government workers will get raises under new contracts

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration has reached agreements with multiple unions that will mean raises for many state employees.

State firefighters, police officers and troopers will see the largest pay increases: a 7% cost of living increase in July 2022, followed by 5% increases in the next two years after that. They’ll also receive “salary increments” worth approximately 3% each year.

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The agreements apply to firefighters and officers represented by the Fraternal Order of Police, BWI Airport Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 142 and the State Law Enforcement Officers Labor Alliance.

Hogan previously announced that the state would increase the salary for state trooper candidates from $35,000 to $51,000. And the starting pay for troopers once they finish the training academy will be $55,704. Those salary increases are part of the Republican governor’s “Re-Fund the Police” initiative to spend millions on police salaries, body cameras, training for officers, neighborhood safety grants and reward funds.

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Meanwhile, the administration also struck an agreement with AFT Healthcare-Maryland that will result in workers receiving a “salary increment” of 2% and a $1,000 bonus in January. That will be followed by a 3% cost of living increase in July, and another salary increment and a 2% cost of living increase in 2023.

Registered nurses in AFT Healthcare-Maryland will receive a 6% pay increase in July.

The union’s membership includes workers in health care positions in the Department of Health, the Department of Juvenile Services and the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.

State government workers who are not represented by a union will receive a salary increment worth 2% and a $1,000 bonus in January, plus a 3% cost of living increase in July and another salary increment in 2023.

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Workers who have received their coronavirus vaccinations also will be able to take up to 10 days of COVID-19 leave if they experience breakthrough infections.

The Hogan administration is still in negotiations with two unions, including the largest union for state workers, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Maryland Council 3.

In a statement, the governor’s office said it has “offered significant salary increases” to those unions.

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