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.

With the typical AFSCME spirit of “it’s not over until it’s over,” union-supported legislation to create a statewide Telework policy for both the public and private sectors passed the General Assembly as the clock approached midnight on Monday, April 12 – the last day of the legislative session. 

AFSCME Council 3 has endorsed Jamaal Craddock for re-election to the Board of Trustees For Maryland State Retirement and Pension System. Voting materials will be sent via the mail starting May 14th, 2021, and will be conducted via the phone or internet. Our Executive Board is proud to endorse Brother Craddock and looks forward to working together to ensure our pension fund is protected.

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!

On Monday, March 8th, Governor Hogan announced a $1,000 bonus for all state and higher education employees in Maryland going into effect