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

Here is what Dawn Jackson, an Animal Operations Manager at the University of Maryland College Park and executive board member of AFSCME Local 1072, has to say about what it's like to bargain with the university system:

Warren has been with UMD for over 20 years and says that in that time, he's witnessed a significant improvement in the work environment thanks to our union.

For over 17 years, Mike Hill has worked to protect our community waterways and to keep our neighborhoods clean and safe. A Collection Technician for WSSC Water (Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission), Mike keeps sewer mains in Prince George's County and Montgomery County flowing and free of blockages. "I'm basically there to protect our environment and our houses, to help keep our sewers flowing so no one has to experience a basement backup.

"The best part about my job is being able to work with UMES students and encouraging them to overcome obstacles as they work towards obtaining their education. I love to make sure the department I support is running as efficiently as possible. I enjoy helping the students that are part of the women’s organization on campus that I advise receive volunteer hours and understand the importance of giving to the community they are a part of.

For 36 years, Stephanie has worked for the State of Maryland — 10 years at the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and 26 years at the University of Baltimore (UB). In her current role at UB, she ensures the law school’s clinic runs smoothly to help the law professors and students serve the community. 

"On Friday, September 22, over 50 local presidents came together from across Maryland for our first ever biannual presidents’ meeting as a united AFSCME Maryland. During our meeting, I had a great time sharing ideas and goals, learning how we can work together, and discussing what resources are needed from our Council to help all of you build power in workplaces across Maryland.

For nearly 14 years, Delonya Akindoyo worked as the Chief Custodian at Rolling Knolls Elementary School in Anne Arundel County. For her, the best part of the job was working with the students, seeing their smiling faces, and being in a workplace that felt like family.

"Since the unification of our two AFSCME councils in Maryland into one strong AFSCME Council 3, we have had a constant wave of organizing and action. Members are engaged at every level — from the city to the county to the state as well as in our school districts and on our higher education campuses. From negotiating contracts to organizing new members into our union, we are a united AFSCME!