Montgomery, Prince George’s park and planning employees to get raise -- Gazette.Net



Montgomery and Prince George’s County park and planning employees will get a 6 percent raise next fiscal year.

Montgomery’s general employee union — which also represents park and planning employees in both counties — reached an agreement with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission for fiscal 2014, which begins July 1.

The commission is a bi-county agency of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties that provides a regional system of parks and land use planning.

Employees will get a 2.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment and those eligible will receive 3.5 percent step increases, said Gino Renne, president of United Food and Commercial Workers/Municipal and County Government Employees Organization Local 1994.

Union members are regaining confidence in their jobs through the raises now on the horizon, Renne said.

“Not only have we gone through three years of economic despair, there was an awful lot of concern about their careers and job security,” he said. “But this contract, these new agreements, have instilled hope in our members that things are getting better, their jobs are a little bit more secure this year.”

Members still need to ratify the agreement for park and planning employees, Renne said.