This is the Beginning: Emergency Hearing Tuesday 10/29

Community Services in Crisis: Maryland Deserves Better

Everybody knows the lack of staff in our facilities hurts AFSCME members and the people we serve. The legislature knows and the people of Maryland know. We are fighting for our communities and the residents of Maryland. AFSCME Council 3 members and community allies called out the Hogan Administration’s staffing crisis in emergency joint hearings called by the Senate Budget & Taxation and House Appropriations Committees in Annapolis.

AFSCME Members testified: "The Hogan Administration is a terrible employer. They are driving out good experienced employ-ees and can’t, or won’t, hire new ones. We want to serve the residents of Maryland, but it is tough with the staffing crisis.”

Community Allies testified: “AFSCME members provide absolutely vital services that keep our communities together. The lack of staff and the treatment of current staff is a tragedy and needs to be fixed.”

We proposed solutions: 

  • Competitive wages
  • Safe workplaces
  • Better personnel policies
  • Improved hiring practices
  • More oversight by the legislature NO faith in Hogan as a boss

The fight will continue.  Here is how you can get involved: 

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ICYMI Here is the media coverage of yesterday's event: 

Baltimore Sun: Maryland state employee union raises concerns about under-staffing in prisons, hospitals

WBALTV: AFSCME Maryland raises concerns over staffing crisis across state agencies

 Maryland Matters: Unions: State Workforce Shortages Leading to Dangerous Conditions

WYPR: At Understaffed State Agencies, Workers Describe Dangerous Conditions

 Maryland Reporter: State workers testify about attacks due to understaffing

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