Three Detention Center Officers Laid Off In County Cuts

Union Is Only One That Rejected Wage Concessions

November 10, 1991|By Paul Shread | Paul Shread,Staff writer

County Detention Center Director Richard Baker told three newly hired officers Friday that their services would no longer be needed as of Dec. 5.

"It was very unpleasant," Baker said. "They knew they were the junior members, but they're the ones losing their jobs."

The three officers are the newest members of the 98-member Fraternal Order of Anne Arundel Detention Center Officers, the only county union that rejected wage concessions requested by County Executive Rober R. Neall. As the three officers last hired, they were the first to leave under the union's contract.

The three officers -- Steven Talbott, Shelley White and Frederick Wilson -- could not be reached for comment Friday.

Neall told all county unions to choose between 3 percent wage cuts, five furlough days or layoffs. The concessions will take effect Dec. 5 and last until June 30, the end of the fiscal year.

The three officers were hired Oct. 24, Baker said. Since all detention center officers must undergo four months of training beforethey can work regular shifts at the detention center, Baker said thelayoffs won't be felt until March, when the three would have started work at the center.

Talbott, White and Wilson will have a chance to be rehired in May, when the detention center will open a new wing.Twenty positions for the new wing have been frozen, but at least some will be filled when the expansion is completed.

"We put them on a priority recall list, so they would be the first hired," Baker said.

In the meantime, the county will try to find temporary work for them, Personnel Officer Donald Tynes said.

"We have the freeze on,but we still have requests every now and then from departments that need someone on a temporary contractual basis," Tynes said.

The three officers earn about $22,000 a year. "Contractual work probably wouldn't pay as much, but at least they could stay on health benefits,"Tynes said.

Neall has said he probably would grant the union wageconcessions if members changed their vote. Neall wants concessions as part of a $20.8 million budget reduction plan. He will present his revised budget to the County Council Thursday.

Twelve county workers will lose their jobs to cost-cutting: the three officers, six health department workers and three upper-management employees.

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