Council 3 Updates

November 8th marked several firsts in Maryland.

2022 is a big year in Maryland and we need all the help we can to make sure our AFSCME endorsed candidates win!

It’s critical that we come together in November to vote for leaders and policymakers who will work to enshrine our fundamental right to form a union and join together with our coworkers to have a say in the decisions that affect us in our workplaces.

Chapter 696 of the Laws of 2021 set about creating a framework for telework policy for employers and employees.  It is an effort to acknowledge the changed workplace brought on by the pandemic, as well as an attempt to create new guidelines and assistance for the state’s workforce and its businesses.

After 5 years of organizing, AFSCME local 1885 at Morgan State has won its biggest victories.  This week, the Morgan State Board of Regents passed a policy that would make all remaining contractual employees State, giving them benefits for the first time. 

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