County Detention Center officers approve one-year salary agreement

Their pay will rise by at least 5 percent

April 20, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Correctional officers at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center voted yesterday to accept a one-year labor agreement that gives them at least a 5 percent pay raise effective July 1.

The vote was 89-7, said Clifford Thrasher, president of Local 2911 of the Communication Workers of America, which represents the county's 220 correctional officers.

"We've had people here for 10 years, and this is the highest raise they've [ever] received," said Thrasher, adding that the pay increase will allow the Detention Center to keep more of its employees.

Correctional officers will continue to negotiate with county officials on a long-term labor agreement to address pension, special pay and other benefits, union officials said.

Under the agreement, guards will be paid top scale after nine years of service instead of 19 years; starting salaries will increase to $27,203 from $25,203; and salaries for senior officers who now earn $38,545 will jump to $42,200.

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