Council 3 Updates

A seasoned Mechanical Trades Chief at Bowie State University, Jontae Thomas has spent over a decade taking care of the fire alarm systems and electrical issues on campus.

Two years ago, Will Schmager accepted a job with the City of Salisbury as a Computer Technician.

Bargaining for a Slice of the Pie

"It’s a busy season of bargaining! Our united AFSCME Maryland is currently bargaining on a number of different fronts with employers, including the C

As a child, Rayneika Robinson remembers going to family cookouts and spending time with her grandfather. "My grandfather would always tell me that his union is what gave him a voice. He would tell me how his union helped put safety protocols and fair practices in place for him and his fellow truck drivers," says Rayneika, a parole and probation agent and the president of AFSCME Local 3661.

This year’s 445th Maryland Legislative Session welcomed a new administration, over 40 new legislators, and new committee chairs. In Annapolis, many said this session was unusual especially after the virtual sessions of the pandemic and the previous Governor’s anti-worker administration.

This is an exciting time to be an AFSCME member in Maryland! Starting April 2023, AFSCME Council 3 and AFSCME Council 67 will begin the unification process to form a united AFSCME Maryland.

This comes after the executive boards of AFSCME Council 67, AFSCME Council 3, and the AFSCME International Union all voted in favor of unification.

Monday, March 20 was "Crossover Day", the deadline for a bill to pass either the House or Senate to be considered by the other and have a chance of being signed into law.

After nearly 2 years, a long-delayed analysis of staffing issues at Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) institutions will be wrapping up at the end of January and results should be available shortly after.

This past summer, outgoing DPSCS Secretary Robert Green committed to working with AFSCME local presidents representing correctional staff across Maryland to complete this staffing analysis.

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Council 3’s first Secretary-Treasurer Flo Jones has passed away unexpectedly this past weekend.

Sister Jones was elected as Council 3’s first Secretary-Treasurer in 2012 and served until 2020. She also served on the board of AFSCME Local 112 as recording secretary and vice president. While serving as our union’s secretary-treasurer, she worked at the Baltimore Department of Social Services as a social worker in foster care, adoption, and adult services for over 20 years.

November 8th marked several firsts in Maryland. We elected Wes Moore as Maryland’s first Black Governor, Anthony Brown as the state’s first Black Attorney General, and Brooke Lierman as the state’s first woman comptroller. They won with overwhelming majorities, marking a huge shift in Maryland politics.

It’s critical that we come together in November to vote for leaders and policymakers who will work to enshrine our fundamental right to form a union and join together with our coworkers to have a say in the decisions that affect us in our workplaces.