Sergeants union OKs 3-year pact with Arundel

April 06, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A new union representing sergeants in the two Anne Arundel detention centers has ratified its first labor agreement with the county government.

In a 17-1 vote this week, the Detention Sergeants Association, International Union of Police Associations Local 141, agreed to the three-year pact, covering details from payroll deduction of union dues to a $750 cleaning allowance for uniforms.

With the contract, the sergeants approved an average 3.5 percent increase in pay and a benefits package. The amount that individual sergeants receive will vary according to the contract's 10-step pay scale and shift differentials.

"This contract recognizes that the sergeants run our jails seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year," County Executive Janet S. Owens said. "It pays them competitively and treats them with the respect that professional managers deserve."

Sgt. Keith Quaine, president of Local 141, said the contract will be "the foundation for continued progress within our department."

"We negotiated on a large range of issues and believe that we were able to come up with a contract that is understanding of the issues facing the sergeants as well as the county."

The sergeants - the rank is formally known as Detention Officer II - work at the Jennifer Road and Glen Burnie detention centers, which house about 1,000 prisoners awaiting trial or serving short sentences. The sergeants organized a union this winter.

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