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.

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.

No Contract Agreement Reached by December 31st, 2020

On January 1st, the same day, Maryland announces the second-highest positivity rate since the pandemic began; we also announced that we have failed to reach an agreement with Governor Hogan.  We are unwilling to accept less when we deserve more.

AFSCME Members Testify to the Challenges of Working During COVID, Understaffing 

On December 16 the Maryland House Appropriations Oversight Committee on Personnel held a special briefing on the challenges for state employees of delivering services and supports to Marylanders while being understaffed AND working during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Frontline Workers Deserve More

In many ways, the past year has been unprecedented and still increasingly shown the Governor's poor treatment of frontline public employees. When the pandemic began, many state agencies were severely understaffed limiting their ability to effectively perform state services. AFSCME 3 lead the fight for fair increases to recruit and retain dedicated state employees like you. 

AFSCME Members to Testify in Front of Maryland Legislature

At the next Personnel Subcommittee Briefing held by the Maryland Legislature, AFSCME Council 3 members will testify. Make sure to tune in on Wednesday, December 16th at 2pm via youtube livestream. Watch here:  https://youtu.be/DhnazU4n6iw