Council 3 Updates

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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.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, AFSCME members have made it clear that DBM’s response pay was a violation of our contract language on emergency pay. In response, we filed the largest group grievance against the State of Maryland to enforce our contract and are in the final step of the grievance procedure. The recent announcement about COVID-19 backpay (the $3.13/hr for limited classifications- review the list here) does not impact our case.

We are less than a week from completing the General Assembly’s 2021 90-Day legislative session.  Here are some of the latest actions taken by the legislature that AFSCME Council 3 has been advocating:

Why EPRU and SMPRU Should Remain Open

Eastern Pre-Release Unit – Church Hill, Queen Anne’s County

Southern Maryland Pre-Release Unit – Charlotte Hall, St. Mary’s County 

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: