Deputies are offered retirement package

Baltimore County reaches agreement with 5 unions

nurses review proposal

April 07, 1999|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF

Baltimore County officials have reached contract agreements that would allow sheriff's deputies to retire after 20 years and give 10 percent pay raises to correctional officers and police dispatchers.

The retirement package was sought for years by deputies eager for the same 20-year retirement opportunity provided to county police officers, said Sgt. Michael Corrigan, union president.

"The retirement was a really big issue with us," Corrigan said.

Corrigan said the contract would allow deputies to retire with 20 years of service after Dec. 31, 2002, instead of requiring 30 years of service to retire and collect 50 percent of their salary.

The union's 63 members also would receive a 2 percent pay raise in July and step increases beginning in July 2000 that together would raise salaries and benefits by 36 percent over the next four years, Corrigan said.

The average pay for a deputy with 10 years' experience would jump next year from $32,400 to $36,100, Corrigan said.

In another agreement, members of the Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees, which represents correctional officers, 911 operators, highway crew chiefs, clerks and other workers, would be given 2 percent pay increases next year, said James F. Clark, union president.

Most of the union's 1,500 members also would see step increases that raise their pay 9 percent to 11 percent over the next two years, Clark said.

Sheriff's deputies were voting on their new contract yesterday; correctional officers, dispatchers and other workers are scheduled to vote on ratification today.

Margaret Ferguson, county labor commissioner, said yesterday the county has reached agreements with five of its six unions.

The 100-member Baltimore County Federation of Public Health Nurses, which is reviewing a contract proposal, is still in negotiations, Ferguson said.

The county reached agreements last month with police, firefighters and Local 921 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents 700 blue-collar workers.

The most generous pay raises this year went to police, who were given a package that will increase the police payroll by $20 million over the next four years.

County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger said a police pay boost was needed to attract and keep good officers because the department's pay scales trailed other jurisdictions.

Pub Date: 4/07/99

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