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.

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 abou

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.

Regional AFSCME Meetings

Join us for our next Regional AFSCME Meetings for October 2020.

Board of Public Works Agenda Doesn’t Include Employee Rollbacks

… For Now

 

It was thought that the Board of Public Works (BPW) meeting on August 12 would include concessions demanded by the Governor and the Department of Budget & Management.  Yet when the final agenda was posted to the public, notably missing were any mention to cuts in pay or program.  

Budget Presentations Between DLS and DBM Show Agreement, Differences 

Emergency Pay Grievance Update

 Last month, AFSCME Council 3 filed the largest group grievance in Maryland’s history of collective bargaining with the State of Maryland for violating our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Local Officer's Election Result: July 8th, 2020

AFSCME Local 1319 members have elected new local officers. Ballots were counted under the supervision of Election Chair Brother Patrick Okafor (AFSCME Local 1678). 

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Fighting to Fund the Frontline

After successfully stopping the Hogan Administration from unilaterally implementing devastating cuts at the Board of Public Works meeting on July 1st, AFSCME Maryland immediately reached out to schedule bargaining with the Governor and his team.

AFSCME’s Campaign to Reject "draconian” Cuts to Public Services Leads to Victory 

The vote is done AND WE WON! As of late last night, under heavy pressure from AFSCME Maryland and our allies, the Governor pulled all personnel items from his proposals today. Both Comptroller Franchot and State Treasurer Kopp spoke out against the cuts and their intention to vote NO

Alternatives to State Services Cuts

The Hogan Administration has proposed draconian fiscal cuts to State services, while significant revenue savings and enhancements sit untouched. Below are just a few examples.

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The State of Maryland is currently facing a more than $1 Billion dollar deficit because Maryland is projecting to collect far less taxes due to the COVID19 pandemic. This is a result of everything shutting down here and all over the world. The Governor wants to bargain in order to close the budget deficit by cutting state employees pay and benefits before the new fiscal year start on July 1st. DBM has continued to attempt to enforce arbitrary timelines and refuse to release members of our bargaining team to participate in these sessions. However, there is no law that says we have to bargain now and our current contract is in effect through the end of 2020. There is no legal past practice or written law requiring we negotiate any kind of agreement before July 1st.