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.

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.  

Some state employees received a limited amount of response pay for working and reporting during the pandemic. Throughout this crisis, AFSCME Council 3 members have never hesitated to report to work despite the many unclear and unknown risks of exposure. Our union has been fighting for any workers required to report to their physical workplace to receive hazard pay!

AFSCME has reached a signed agreement with the Department of Budget and Management over retro pay for DBM’s COVID-19 Response Pay. This differential was restarted on April 7th for both the $3.13 response pay and $5.13 quarantine pay for classifications as designated by the Department of Budget and Management- click here to review the list. 

AFSCME Council 3 members are already preparing for the fights ahead in next year's legislative session. 2022 will be an important year for our union and for Maryland. Next year, we will elect our next Governor, Comptroller, State Senators, and State Delegates. This is our time to elect new leaders and positively change the direction of Maryland's public services. 

This year, we recognize Workers Memorial Day (April 28th) and International Workers’ Day (May 1st) remembering those workers who were injured, became ill, or died because of hazards like COVID-19 at work. We honor the sacrifices of Maryland’s public service workers throughout the past year and leading our recovery effort. I hope each of you takes a moment to pause and acknowledge what we have endured over the past year.

After three years of organizing, testifying and lobbying AFSCME Council 3 members at University System of Maryland (USM) Schools will finally have the opportunity to have one master agreement covering them all.  Senate Bill 9 was lightly amended in the House and passed both chambers of the General Assembly this session, awaiting to become law. 

Earlier this month, Governor Hogan announced a new supplemental budget for $100 million which will be used to fund COVID-19 Response Pay through the end of 2021. This includes both the $3.13 response pay and $5.13 quarantine pay for classifications as designated by the Department of Budget and Management- click here to review the list.