Council 3 Updates

Have questions about an AFSCME Maryland Event or your Union Contract? Email [email protected] or call our Baltimore Office at 410-547-1515.

During negotiations for our contract with the State of Maryland, AFSCME raised issues with leave usage as a result of the novel pandemic.

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;

Sign up for the November Virtual Regional AFSCME Meetings

RSVP today for an upcoming Regional AFSCME Meeting. In light of the ongoing pandemic, all regional meetings will be held over zoom to encourage participation. We have many important updates about upcoming negotiations, the fight for healthy and safe workplaces and the state of the budget given the recently improved Board of Revenue Estimate numbers. 

Read the Latest Update on State Negotiations and Take the Bargaining Survey
AFSCME's elected bargaining team has begun the process of negotiating with the State of Maryland for our Memorandum of Understanding. As a reminder, you can read the update using the log in information at the top of the most recent newsletter. This update is intended for members of AFSCME Maryland's bargaining unit only.

Learn about 2020 Ballot Measures

There are two statewide “Questions” on the ballot this election year, Question 1 and Question 2.  Today we’d like to tell you about Question 1.

Question 1 is a proposed state constitutional amendment which would authorize the General Assembly, in enacting a balanced budget bill for fiscal year 2024 and each fiscal year thereafter, to increase, diminish, or add items, provided that the General Assembly may not exceed the total proposed budget as submitted by the Governor.  

Outbreak at Largo MVA Prompts AFSCME Local 3655 Members to Speak Out

Last week, there was a COVID outbreak at the MVA branch office in Largo, Maryland. Up to five, AFSCME Council 3 members have been infected and one employee has died after contracting the virus at the workplace.  AFSCME has demanded to bargain about this emergency and the Hogan administration has refused. These members are in daily contact with the general public because of the vital services we provide. 

Regional AFSCME Meetings

Join us for our next Regional AFSCME Meetings for October 2020. We have many important updates coming about bargaining with the state and the upcoming legislative session. Make sure to check out the schedule below and sign up for the next meeting. All meetings will be held virtually via zoom or conference call to ensure safe attendance during the pandemic. 

Adapting and Thriving Remotely

On Wednesday, October 14th, AFSCME Council 3 will host a virtual townhall ahead of the release of the results of our 2020 AFSCME Telework Survey. Beginning in September, a workgroup of AFSCME Council 3 members organized a survey of all public employees which gathered over 1,000 responses.

October 6th Bargaining Update: University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Over the past month, members of AFSCME Local 1833 have been bargaining with management for a fair agreement minimizing the impact of budget shortfalls on frontline workers. The Bargaining Team at UMES is made up of Quiana Tilghman, Louise Gaile, Betty Hoskins and Relford Matthews and Deborah Robinson. Together, we have pushed for management to set a final agreement.  

New Revenue Estimates for Next Fiscal Year Are Up: Hogan’s Heavy Cuts Would Have Been Unnecessary

On July 1, Governor Hogan threatened to implement an across the board 5% pay cut, significant cuts to filled and vacant positions and an increase in the cost of health insurance. AFSCME refused to agree to these drastic and unnecessary cuts, organized to convince the Board of Public Works to vote down these cuts and has continued to vigilantly defend the rights of frontline employees in the workplace, in the budget and in Annapolis.