Maryland union, county executive disagree over firefighter pay, benefits

  • Source: The Frederick News-Post
  • Published: 04/08/2019 12:00 AM

A memo released last month by the county career firefighters union shows negotiations between the union and county executive over pay, benefits and other issues have stalled. Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner (D) and the union last met on March 7, and tried to work out a deal multiple times, according to the memo. It also states that the county’s “last offer” was a “two percent market adjustment to the version of a pay scale in year one of the agreement, three percent market adjustment in year two, delayed until mid-year and compensation of overtime starting in year one, with leave hours counting toward hours worked.” Gardner said that the county has “been very aggressive from the administration’s side in proposing improvements to pay and benefits” and has “offered [a] historic pay scale.” She declined to define more clearly what that pay scale was, saying that she would do so in the near future.


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