MDOT Summer Staffing Meeting Recap
Today at Maryland Department of Transportation headquarters, members spoke out about staff shortages, working conditions, compensation, safety on the job and bullying – issues that are having a negative impact across the agency. Delegate Cory V. McCray, a member of the state legislature’s Environment and Transportation Committee, was invited by AFSCME and attended the meeting.
Here’s a run-down of our concerns and demands:
State Highway Administration
- Employees are being mistreated, leading to staff turnover within the agency. Members called for an overhaul of the administration’s culture to improve morale.
- Bullying by management is affecting morale and sends a clear message that bad behavior among leadership can be tolerated and in some instances, rewarded. This is unacceptable.
- Members asked that the state uphold its requirement to adhere to the MOU and ensure employees are not written up for being a minute late for shifts.
- Management agreed to work with AFSCME members to figure out ways to
change the culture at SHA.
Maryland Transportation Authority
- Inspections without the protection of armed officers puts workers at risk. Members asked for officers in sheds at all times to ensure safety.
- Toll collection staff are in harm’s way due to a lack of speed enforcement.
- Compensation increases are not in line with other agencies, making it harder
to recruit and retain employees.
- Members expressed their concern about the lack of appropriate uniforms for toll collectors.
Motor Vehicle Administration
- As temperatures rise in the summer, multiple offices are without proper cooling system. We’re working on a new weather policy that outlines workers’ rights when office conditions are unsuitable, as experienced at White Oak and other MVA branches.
- Cumberland staff only have three bathrooms for a staff of more than 115 people. Members demanded that the agency provide additional restroom facilities for staff.
Maryland Aviation Administration
- Members demanded that the agency hold an LMC every other month. MAA said it would hold
its first LMC in August.
- The union demanded that the agency adhere to the leave policy. MAA said it would follow up
with mangers to ensure the policy is being followed.