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.

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:

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.