Council 3 Updates

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This year, we recognize Workers Memorial Day (April 28th) and International Workers’ Day (May 1st) remembering those workers who were injured, became ill, or died because of hazards like COVID-19 a

After three years of organizing, testifying and lobbying AFSCME Council 3 members at University System of Maryland (USM) Schools will finally have the opportunity to have one master agreement cover

Earlier this month, Governor Hogan announced a new supplemental budget for $100 million which will be used to fund COVID-19 Response Pay through the end of 2021.

July 1st UI Deduction Changes

At the end of Fiscal Year 2020, several AFSCME 3 members reached out about a change in deductions on their most recent pay stubs. On or about July 1st, members noticed that the UI contribution no longer reflected a balance. We confirmed through Cindy Kollner that this change was approved at the July 1st Board of Public Works meeting because the state has a large enough fund balance to pay for claims in the next fiscal year without charging state agencies. 

Bargaining Update: Urging Governor Hogan Return to Negotiation Table

Following a failed attempt at significant cuts to frontline employees at the July 1st Board of Public Works meeting, the AFSCME elected bargaining team began negotiating with Governor Hogan.    

Emergency Pay Grievance Update: August 20th, 2020

As of today, other than the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Emergency Pay Grievance filed by AFSCME has passed the first step of the grievance procedure. Please review the status of your agency via the list below. The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has resumed enforcing timelines for grievances and appeals and we continue to actively pursue a successful resolution.

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.