From Harford County government:
Harford County Executive Barry Glassman on September 28 signed a memorandum of understanding with Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler, the Harford County Deputy Sheriff’s Union, and the Harford County Correctional Association allowing for nonbinding negotiations on wages and the employee share of healthcare premiums. Negotiations under the MOU would closely follow the process currently in place between the county executive and unions representing county employees. The new agreement reflects the intent of enabling legislation that stalled in the 2017 Maryland General Assembly. County Executive Glassman has requested that Harford County’s Senate Delegation pre-file a bill for 2018, stemming from the cooperative relationship established in the MOU.
“I am pleased that we were able to come to a mutual agreement with the sheriff and the unions that lays out a framework to talk about salary and benefits in the same way we do with county employees,” County Executive Glassman said. “We also hope to build on the nearly $5.6 million that my administration has provided since coming into office to enhance salaries for employees in the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.”
For all Harford County Sheriff’s Office employees, including civilians, the Glassman administration provided funding for salary enhancements of approximately $352,000 in fiscal year 2016, nearly $2.7 million in fiscal year 2017; and $2.5 million in the current 2018 fiscal year. Prior to these enhancements, employees had not received increases in five out of six years.
The signing of today’s MOU was a positive step in the absolute right direction,” Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said. “This agreement will ensure all parties have a seat at the table and afford the sheriff, the unions, and the county executive the opportunity to collectively work together in shaping the budget of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office, as we focus on serving the needs of our community. I am proud of the hard work that was put forth, from all parties, and the partnership that has emerged.”
“The Harford County Deputy Sheriff’s Union is very pleased with the memorandum of understanding that was signed today with County Executive Glassman, Sheriff Gahler, and the Harford County Correctional Association,” Michael Montalvo Jr., president of the Harford County Deputy Sheriff’s Union, Local 838, said. “We appreciate all of the effort it took to get to this point and look forward to working together to ensure a cooperative process where our members’ interests will be heard and all parties concerns will be evaluated.”
“On behalf of the Harford County Correctional Association, we would like to thank Sheriff Gahler for supporting our desire to pursue collective bargaining,” Dave Wille, president of the Association, said. “We would also like to thank County Executive Barry Glassman for his support in the creation of the memorandum of understanding and his support in Annapolis this coming year. This document shows the commitment of Harford County’s government, Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Sheriff’s Union, and Correctional Association to come together and do what is best for the employees of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.”
This means absolutely nothing. Do some research and look up “nonbinding arbitration” i wonder if this will help the Deputies that received a one cent an hour raise last year?
Local Yocal says
No deputy received a one cent raise last year! Collectively they received 3, 6 and 9 percent (depending on their rank, etc).
You need to “Focus” on the facts!
Ask almost 40 lateral. Or just ask anyone from the union.
And I think the comment was. “We didn’t think it would effect so many, we thought it was only a few”
Worthless MOU says
This is worthless. How the heck can the deputies support this MOU. It’s not like it forces the county to give concessions. It like your parents saying, “we’ll talk”. Someone needs to call it what it is. A worthless piece of paper. I’m sure Barry will be smiling all the way to the savings.
I guess local yocal did some investigation and found out some Deputies received a penny.
Must be election time? Showing the citizens that an MOU was signed and it doesn’t mean the paper it’s printed on. I had respect for unions, but now I see that they did all this work for NOTHING.
I couldn’t understand why a Deputy would be given a one penny raise. Then it hit me. At this point plastic face can say “I gave ALL the Deputies a raise. It’s going to look good to those support police.