Join the Fight for ONE University System of Maryland Contract!


For years, our union fought for one contract for all University System of Maryland (USM) schools. This past session, we won by changing the law! Now we are preparing to negotiate one contract covering wages, benefits, and working conditions at every USM school in 2022. 

AFSCME Council 3 is the largest and fastest-growing union in Maryland. Together we represent over 6,000 higher education employees across 12 different campuses from the Eastern Shore to Frostburg Maryland. We are a powerful voice to protect workers’ rights and our jobs, pay, benefits, working conditions, and public services.


Higher education workers first gained the right to collectively bargain a union contract in 2001. At that time, the law was written to force each campus to negotiate a contract individually. Over the years, by organizing and working with our legislative allies, we fought to strengthen our right to collectively bargain by negotiating directly with the decision-makers at the University System of Maryland. 

Learn more about why the old negotiating system was ineffective here. 

Now, we have the unique opportunity to negotiate one contract covering every job classification on each campus. Let's stand together to ensure we can win the changes staff and students deserve to have a productive and safe campus community. Join your union today!

If you have questions about your membership, please call our office at 410-547-1515 or email [email protected]. 


  • Join your local union organizing on campus and meet other union members working together to build respect for workers.
  • Full rights of AFSCME Council 3 membership, including joining the group fighting for fair raises and safe working conditions for all employees
  • Exclusive member-only benefits, including free college for you and your family members as well as insurance benefits, and scholarships for you and your family.
  • $18.38 FT | $13.78 PT (per pay period) through payroll deduction 
  • Fill out your membership card online here!