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9/13/17
Bargaining Update #2

We met with the State to make our proposals.

We are negotiating an entirely new contract, so there are many new things we are proposing.

Here are some of the biggest changes we propose:

Changes to emergency overtime – We want to eliminate the requirement that your facility be closed during a state of emergency in order to receive overtime.

Bonuses for perfect work attendance – We want you to receive bonuses for not using
any sick leave.

Cold weather clothing – Anyone who works outside should be provided cold weather gear.

But they also made their own proposals – They want to make damaging changes.
They want to change 
the way our working hours and compensation are calculated,
making it so they can mandate even more overtime, and stifling participation in our union.

How can we make sure we win – How much we win at the table depends on our work
away from the 
table. Get informed, get involved, contact your regional/agency bargaining team representative. See below for regional mobilizations.

Mark these mobilization dates on your calendar:
Salisbury: Wednesday, September 27
Hagerstown & Cumberland: Saturday, October 7
Baltimore: Tuesday, September 19 and Thursday, October 19
Prince George’s County: Saturday, October 21
Tri-county Area: Saturday, October 21

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9/7/17
Bargaining Update #1

Today, we began the re-negotiation of our union contract with the State of Maryland.

This is our opportunity to demand the wages, staffing, and treatment we deserve. If you care about getting a raise or better staffing and stopping the State from taking away our rights on the job, now is the time to push.

This is what happened today: We met today to discuss the information the state is legally required to provide us. Information we need to shape our demands: information on workload, overtime and pay schedules. We are going to be back negotiating next week and have a date every week until the contract is done.

What you need to do: Get informed, and get involved.

Email info@afscmemd.org or call (410) 547-1515 to find out how.

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