State workers OK 1st collective bargaining pact

November 14, 1997|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

State public safety workers have voted to approve the first contract negotiated under Gov. Parris N. Glendening's collective bargaining policy.

Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters cast 98 percent of their ballots in favor of the contract, the unions said yesterday.

The agreement calls for raises totaling $2,550 per worker over two years, as well as modest changes in benefits and working conditions. The General Assembly will be asked to appropriate the money for the raises when it meets in January.

In spite of an outcry after Glendening implemented collective bargaining by executive order last year, little opposition to the average 3.5 percent annual pay increase has emerged.

Pub Date: 11/14/97

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