County workers seek $1,500 raise

March 18, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

The Maryland Classified Employees Association has asked the Carroll County Commissioners for pay and longevity raises that would cost the county more than $1 million.

In a proposal its representatives discussed yesterday with the commissioners, the MCEA recommends a $1,500 across-the-board pay increase for all employees and a longevity increase of between 2.5 percent and 5 percent for employees above any general salary increase.

The pay increase and longevity raises for the county's 505 full-time employees and 16 part-time workers would cost the government $769,500 and $293,000, respectively, said Jimmie L. Saylor, director of Human Resources.

"Many employees who were hired just before the freeze in 1990 are just making a few pennies more than the person coming in off the street," said Ed Bilz, president of Chapter 550 of the MCEA, which represents Carroll rank and file workers but does not have official bargaining power.

Full-time county employees received pay raises last year when the commissioners agreed to a $1,000 across-the-board increase. It was the first raise for county workers in three years.

The MCEA longevity proposal would give employees with four to eight years of service a 2.5 percent raise and would give those with nine to 14 years of service a 5 percent pay raise, effective July 1.

Other MCEA requests are for the county to:

* Change the grievance policy to allow an employee to have an outside arbitrator evaluate a decision made by the County Commissioners.

* Increase the cash award for unused sick leave at retirement from 25 percent to 50 percent.

* Pay employees injured on the job the difference between their base net salary and their Worker's Compensation payments.

* Increase the number of sick leave days an employee can use to care for sick family members from three to five.

* Allow an employee's military service to be added to county service years when determining eligibility for health coverage after retirement.

* Consider an employee's total length of satisfactory service and current performance evaluation if layoffs become necessary.

Commissioners Julia Gouge and Elmer C. Lippy said they would review the proposal with Commissioner Donald I. Dell, who did not attend the meeting.

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