Arundel union approves contract with county

March 02, 2001|By Scott Calvert | Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF

County Executive Janet S. Owens has finally achieved labor peace, as Anne Arundel County's largest union has overwhelmingly adopted a new three-year contract.

Most of the union's 850 members, who include public works and maintenance employees, will receive 11.5 percent raises over three years.

For others, it will take longer to see the entire raise.

Wednesday night's 179-22 vote by Local 582 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees came eight months after members rejected a less generous three-year offer that grew out of acrimonious talks last spring.

The major difference in the ratified contract is that it carries 3 percent annual raises; the previous offer would have raised salaries 2 percent a year.

The new deal also has a 2.5 percent step increase that will be phased in over three years.

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