County professional workers vote for union

April 27, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Professional and technical employees of Anne Arundel County voted yesterday to join the Teamsters, a decision that comes days after County Executive Janet S. Owens proposed sharply increasing the pay scales of many of the county's nonunionized employees.

The vote was 23-18, said William Mowrey, business manager for Teamsters Local 103 - "not resounding but it was a definite yes" to create a 60-member unit within the local.

In the wake of last year's double-digit pay raises for police and firefighters that left other employees feeling undervalued, Owens is proposing pay scale raises for professionals and supervisors. Depending on where an employee falls in the new scale, a raise could reach double-digit percentages.

Accountants, computer programmers and public works supervisors are included in the new unit. Pay-for-performance, overtime and grievance rights are expected to be among the issues as the unit negotiates for a July 1 contract.

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