Council 3 Updates

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AFSCME Council 3 members in AFSCME Local 1535 from the Department of General Services won safety enhancements by fighting together!

After a long and difficult pandemic year, our AFSCME members in Higher Education are eager to bring back students this fall.

Take action today to protect your pension and support Jamaal Craddock for the Board of Trustees for the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System.

Two weeks ago, Governor Hogan announced that all permanent State and Higher Education employees would be receiving a $1000 one-time bonus in April.

On Thursday, March 4th, HB73 Telework Policy Reform passed the Maryland House of Delegates by a vote of 100-22. It will now crossover to the Maryland Senate, so we’re one chamber down, one to go. 

Learn more about the Telework Policy Reform Here!

Last Friday, two members of AFSCME Local 112, the Maryland Department of Social Services, testified at a budget hearing held virtually. Each department or state agency has an annual budget hearing in front of elected officials who sit on the committees overseeing their agency's budget. This year because of the pandemic these hearings are being conducted virtually.

After years of organizing and lobbying, AFSMCE has helped secure forensic pay increases starting July 1st, 2021. AFSCME members have been fighting for years to fix the pay disparities and lack of security in the State Hospitals and Residential Centers, which are now predominantly Forensic. We are happy to report that their relentless efforts have paid off!

Governor Hogan’s FY22 budget includes funding for these increases starting on July 1st, 2021. This increased funding will allow:

Amidst ongoing news of Maryland’s low uptake of the vaccine, AFSCME is continuing to urge management to remove as many barriers as possible to frontline workers who wish to access the vaccine. Our union urges management to facilitate access to vaccination for frontline workers by establishing worksite-based clinics at congregate care facilities and other large office complexes.

During negotiations for our contract with the State of Maryland, AFSCME raised issues with leave usage as a result of the novel pandemic. In response, management suggested carrying over leave related to the pandemic. Despite not agreeing to language specific to this topic and not agreeing to the State’s unacceptable and unguaranteed financial offer, recently AFSCME learned that DBM announced a new pandemic carryover policy.

This year will be different than any other General Session Maryland has ever had. Much of the work we do in Annapolis will now be done virtually presenting new challenges and opportunities.