Press Release, Office of the Governor of Maryland

Provides 5%, 5%, and 4% Salary Increases Over Next Three Years, Additional Potential 1% Contingent on Revenues

ANNAPOLIS, MD–The Hogan administration today announced that the state has completed negotiations and reached agreement with another exclusive bargaining representative – a three-year tentative agreement with the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Lodge #34, Fraternal Order of Police Inc. (FOP 34). While this agreement was reached with FOP 34’s bargaining team on Dec. 31, the final agreement must be ratified by a full member vote.

Employees represented by FOP 34 will receive a five percent cost of living increase effective July 1, 2019; as well as an additional one percent cost of living increase effective January 1, 2020 if revenues exceed projections by $75 million; another five percent cost of living increase effective July 1, 2020; along with a four percent cost of living increase on July 1, 2021.Additionally, eligible employees will also receive increments each year of the agreement.

All employees in FOP 34’s bargaining unit will also be eligible to participate in Maryland SmartWork, the student loan repayment initiativeannouncedby Governor Larry Hogan in July, which will repay up to $20,000 in student loans.

“I want to thank FOP 34’s bargaining team for coming to the table and working with us and the members that they represent for the job they do every day in keeping Marylanders safe and protecting our vital infrastructure,” said Department of Budget and Management Secretary David Brinkley. “We believe this agreement will significantly advance the state’s efforts to recruit and retain a high-caliber, highly trained police force.”

These increases are in addition to the two percent cost of living increase for state employees that takes effect in January 2019 and the half percent increase and $500 bonus employees will receive in April 2019 due to last year’s agreement.

“I’m proud of our administration’s strong relationship with so many of our labor partners, which allows us to come to the bargaining table and negotiate agreements that benefit our hardworking state employees,” said Secretary Brinkley. “Our shared success is a reflection of the mutual respect that we have for each other and for our state workforce.”

This is the fourth agreement reached between the Hogan administration and a state employee union in the past two months. Prior agreements have been reached with the State Law Enforcement Officers Labor Alliance, the Maryland Professional Employees Council, and the American Federation of Teachers – Healthcare Maryland.

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