Council 3 Updates

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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 Mar

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

AFSCME Local 1319 members have elected new local officers.

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. They lobbied legislators this session to pass two pieces of legislation to help the staffing crisis and improve security. We are happy to report that their relentless efforts have paid off!
With COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) now present and spreading in the United States, many of our members will be on the front lines of caring for and transporting those afflicted with the virus. They too are at risk -- particularly if there isn’t awareness of the symptoms, if there is improper or delayed diagnosis, or if there are inadequate workplace safeguards. All Council 3 members have direct contact with the public. For these reasons, accurate information is of vital importance.
BECAUSE SO FAR HOGAN'S RESPONSE TO THE STAFFING CRISIS IS A PAY CUT In the last month, Governor Hogan has cut $65 million in funding for raises for state employees from the budget. We need to come together during the Legislative Session to work with our allies in the Legislature to fence off the money for this 3% COLA and then urge Governor Hogan to spend it before July.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OVERRIDES VETO OF MOU GRIEVANCE BILL

Today, the House voted 96-41 and Senate voted 31-15 to override Governor Hogan’s veto on our MOU grievance bill. This bill was originally introduced during the 2018 session and after two vetoes from the Governor will become law in thirty days. Thank you to the shop stewards, activists and members who fought to strengthen workers’ rights by working on this bill.   

You care about the people of Maryland.

Governor Hogan doesn’t

Everybody knows that there is a serious staffing crisis here is Maryland.

Important services are suffering.  Services that help kids in crisis; that care for people in state hospitals; that provide assistance for people in state institutions who are looking to turn their lives around.

2020 Legislative Agenda

AFSCME COUNCIL 3: MARYLAND DESERVES BETTER

Every year, the General Assembly must pass a budget during the 90 day legislative session. Each legislator can also put forth legislation which must pass through a committee system and voted on by each chamber. AFSCME members have a variety of tools and events scheduled to make our voices heard. Read more about our legsialtive agenda below!

2020 Census: Important, Easy and Safe

The United States is required to perform a national count of all people living in each state every ten years (U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 2). The 2020 census impacts Maryland in several important ways. The census: