Montgomery County and its 5,000-member government employees union have reached tentative agreement on a two-year contract that will give most workers more than 13 percent in cost-of-living and longevity increases over the next two years.
The accord, which represents the first pay increases in four years, calls for most union members to receive 6.75 percent in cost-of-living adjustments and longevity or “step” increases in each of the next two years. A summary of the package was posted Monday on the Web site of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1994 Municipal and County Government Employees.
The contract, which must be ratified by union members and the County Council, is a marked reversal from several years of wage freezes and benefits cuts, driven by a recession that blew huge holes in county budgets.
County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) has signaled in recent public meetings an interest in raising compensation after the lean years. Pressure may also have increased in 2012, when Montgomery school officials announced the first teacher pay raises in three years. Other county workers, by comparison, received a one-time $2,000 lump sum bonus last year.