Council 3 Updates

Meet Ikeia Cornish, President of AFSCME Local 770 and a dedicated Direct Care Assistant at the Eastern Shore Hospital Center for the last 18 years. Her journey showcases the importance of staying engaged during negotiations and the vital role of our union in ensuring fair labor practices at work.

Why Your Participation Matters in this Legislative Session!

There are thousands of bills that are introduced each year during Maryland’s legislative session. You may say, “So what, why should I care?” And the simple answer is that those bills, or potential laws, could affect your well-being, your salary, your health, your benefits, and your rights.

Here's what Angie Webb, president of Local 1839 and a member of the AFSCME higher education bargaining team has to say about negotiating with the University System of Maryland:

After nearly 4 months of negotiations, we are excited to announce that our bargaining team has reached an agreement with the State!

You can read a full overview of what we've won in this new agreement on our bargaining website here.

As an office manager and acting executive assistant at St. Mary's College of Maryland (SMCM), Adrienne Dozier wears many hats when it comes to supporting the fundraising and alumni relations work for the college. From reconciling budgets to preparing meeting documents, Adrienne says, "I enjoy working with a great group of people at the college. We are a real team, and they feel like an extended family to me." It also doesn't hurt that Adrienne will be able to save on tuition next year when her daughter begins her classes at the college.

Happy Holidays!

We have had an incredible year, and AFSCME members across the state have won some amazing things in 2023.

A lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County and a member of AFSCME Local 582, Zach Reed is more than a maintenance mechanic for government buildings; for the past seven years he's been vital to ensuring safe, functional spaces for the public throughout the county.

His journey began in the private sector as a sheet metal worker, where he witnessed the power of collective action firsthand as a member of his union there. When his daughter was born, he made the decision to switch to the public sector. He was sure of one thing: it had to be a union job.

Giving Thanks

The holiday season has started, and we have a lot to be grateful for — all because of the work that AFSCME members do each and every day across the state of Maryland. I am particularly grateful that we are now working as a unified AFSCME, collectively working together in every city, county, school district, university, and state agency to serve our communities.