Council 3 Updates

Have questions about an AFSCME Maryland Event or your Union Contract? Email [email protected] or call our Baltimore Office at 410-547-1515.

Maryland has a $2.5 Billion Dollar Surplus! Join us in the fight to demand Governor Hogan use the surplus to invest in public services and the employees who provide them.

As you may have heard, recently AFSCME’s lawyers at the law firm of Kahn, Smith, and Collins (KSC) prevented the state from getting the statewide emergency pay grievance dismissed.

Earlier this month, AFSCME Council 3’s Executive Board invited the leading republican and democratic candidates for Governor to meet and interview about their plan for Maryland.

AFSCME Council 3 members in AFSCME Local 1535 from the Department of General Services won safety enhancements by fighting together! Security Officers were concerned about the lack of safety for staff working at the entrance of 500 N. Calvert St. 

After a long and difficult pandemic year, our AFSCME members in Higher Education are eager to bring back students this fall. Currently, our locals are engaging with the University System of Maryland to ensure safe campus reopening’s this August. We think the voices of parents, students, alumni, and all staff should be included when campuses are making these decisions on how to safely reopen.

Take action today to protect your pension and support Jamaal Craddock for the Board of Trustees for the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System. As a member of the Board of Trustees, Jamaal will be a voice at the table to protect our pension! Vote to re-elect Jamaal to serve his second term.

June 2021 Update

The statewide pay grievance continues to go forward this week after extensive delays being processed by the Office of Administrative Hearings. This month we received motions to dismiss our grievances from the state and we are working on our response to these motions. The state is pretending that all state offices and buildings were fully open the entire time of the pandemic.

Earlier this month, AFSCME Council 3 made an agreement with management at the University of Baltimore (UB) to raise the minimum wage on campus to $15/hr.

Thirty employees at UB will receive an increase to make at least $15/hr start July 1st. Current staff working at UB will see an increase based on years of service. Read the Signed Agreement here: https://www.afscmemd.org/system/files/signed_afscme_wage_side_letter.pdf

Friday, May 28 was not a very good day for workers, mass transit, health, and safety nor government transparency and accountability.  Governor Larry Hogan ensured this by vetoing some of the most important legislation to come out of the 2021 General Assembly session, including bills that were AFSCME-supported.

During this year’s legislative session we beat the entire University System of Maryland (USM).  We won, with veto-proof majorities, the right to bargain one master contract for all our members in the USM, just like we do for the state employees.  On Friday, the USM delayed the inevitable.  They relied on lame-duck Larry Hogan to delay bargaining by vetoing our legislation, SB9.