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MDOT Summer Staffing Meeting Recap   arrow

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.

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