Hearing will consider bill on nonunion workers

March 06, 1995|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer

The County Council will hold a public hearing tonight on an amended bill that will raise the pay of nonunion county employees who are temporarily transferred to a job with a higher pay scale.

The legislation will give these employees a benefit already enjoyed by county workers who are represented by a union.

According to the bill, if an employee is temporarily assigned to a higher paying position, the appointing authority can give that employee a 5 percent raise or the minimum base pay of the temporary position, whichever is higher. The appointing authority is not required to grant the pay raise.

At its last meeting, the council passed an amendment sponsored by Councilman William C. Mulford II that lowered the period for temporary transfers from 12 consecutive months to six months, and from 12 months in a 24-month period to 6 months in a 12-month period.

The bill would affect about 600 nonunion county employees.

The county's Office of Budget and Finance has said the bill will have a minimal fiscal impact because the employees would be transferring into vacant jobs whose salaries have been included in the budget. It is impossible to calculate an exact cost, however, because no one can predict how many positions will become vacant and necessitate transfers.

Two other bills are scheduled for public hearings. One would use a $300,000 state grant to pay for preparing a parcel on Edwin Raynor Boulevard and Magothy Bridge Road for use as a site to deposit material from waterway dredging projects.

A second bill would appropriate $300,000 in franchise fees charged to cable companies to pay for installing fiber optic cable along Harry Truman Parkway. The project will connect the county's Health Department, library headquarters and the Department of Public Works offices to the county's fiber optic cable network.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers at the Arundel Center in Annapolis.

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