Governor Larry Hogan – Official website of the Governor of Maryland
Significant salary increases for nurses, firefighters and law enforcement officers
Also announces increased focus on mental health resources
ANNAPOLIS, MD– Gov. Larry Hogan today announced that the state has reached landmark agreements with state employee unions that will result in significant pay increases for law enforcement officers, firefighters, nurses and other front-line health workers. The governor also announced an increased focus on mental health resources available to state employees. In addition to these tentative agreements, the administration has offered significant wage increases to the two remaining unions, and the state looks forward to finalizing these agreements.
The Fraternal Order of the Police (FOP), the Labor Alliance of State Law Enforcement Officers (SLEOLA), BWI Airport Firefighters Local 142 and the American Federation of Healthcare (AFT) teachers have all entered into agreements with the state.
- Employees represented by FOP, SLEOLA and BWI firefighters will receive a 7% cost of living increase effective July 1, 2022, another 5% cost of living increase on July 1, 2023, and another 5% cost of living increase a year later. In addition, eligible employees will also receive salary increases valued at around 3% each year of the agreement, and 10 days of COVID-19 leave for vaccinated employees with breakthrough infections. The state has also agreed to purchase more than 60 vehicles for some agents from the Maryland Transportation Authority.
- Employees represented by AFT-Healthcare will receive a salary increase of approximately 2% and a bonus of $ 1,000 in January 2022, a cost of living increase of 3% on July 1, 2022, another salary increase in 2023 , 10 days of COVID-19 leave, a 2% cost of living on July 1, 2023, and additional leave flexibility for their 36-hour work week. Registered nurses will also receive a 6% raise effective July 1, 2022.
“These historic agreements are well deserved for our hard-working government employees and they address one of our top priorities: refinancing the police and supporting our first responders,” Governor Hogan said. “Many of the employees of these unions are law enforcement officers and nurses, frontline heroes who have worked tirelessly during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are proud to take care of them with these agreements.
Unrepresented employees will receive a salary increase of approximately 2% and a bonus of $ 1,000 in January 2022, a 3% increase in the cost of living on July 1, 2022, another salary increase in 2023 and 10 days COVID-19 leave.
In addition to these tentative agreements, the administration has offered significant wage increases to the two remaining unions, and the state looks forward to finalizing these agreements.
Increased focus on mental health. The governor also announced an increased focus on mental health resources available to state employees, including MyMDCARES.
MyMDCARES is available to government employees and their dependents to provide free, confidential and instant support to help them with personal or professional issues that may interfere with work or family responsibilities. MyMDCARES is a robust lifelong program and ‘on-call counselor’ program that provides employees and dependents with support and assistance in navigating life.
As part of this increased focus, there will be a new series of speakers on mental health starting in January, with the first meeting featuring Lieutenant Governor Boyd K. Rutherford.
“We must do everything we can to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues in our lives, and the state is committed to leading by example by providing enhanced resources to our employees who are available 24/7. 7, ”Governor Hogan said. “We encourage government employees and their families to take advantage of these resources.”
You can find more information about MyMDCares at: https://dbm.maryland.gov/benefits/Pages/MyMDCares.aspx.
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