Howard firefighters fight furlough plan

November 23, 1991

More than 70 Howard County firefighters gathered outside County Executive Charles I. Ecker's third-floor office yesterday to protest his attempt to furlough them.

Mr. Ecker wants to furlough all county employees for five days to shave $1 million from the county budget's $7.5 million deficit.

Sean Kelly, president of the Howard County Professional Fire Fighters Association, Local 2000, says firefighters should be exempt from furloughs because their salaries come from a special fire tax instead of the general fund, so furloughs would not ease the county's deficit.

Fire union leaders and Mr. Ecker reached no agreement during a meeting yesterday.

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