Council 3 Updates

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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;

An Update from Council 3 President Patrick Moran:

As union leaders, as community leaders we are disturbed by those who wrap themselves in the flag to defend behavior that we know runs counter to what we strive for as Americans.  There are those who are pushing and working hard to convince us that bullying, taking advantage of the impoverished and those without power, is somehow an “American Value”. 

“As both a union that represents several thousand law enforcement officers and a union that has long been in the vanguard of the struggle for civil rights, AFSCME believes we cannot be forced to choose between racial justice or effective policing. A free, healthy society can and must have both.”
On May 20 leaders from AFSCME Local 1072 virtually sat down with the Senator and Delegates from Maryland District 22 (Prince George’s County) to discuss ongoing health and safety issues at the University of Maryland-College Park campus.
In response to the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) which will be in effect from April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
AFSCME Council 3 Members from the Maryland Department of Health met with management representatives last Monday, May 11, 2020. Labor Management Committees are joint meetings between management and union representatives to negotiate over workplace conditions specific to the agency or facility. These committees are protected and outlined in our union contract in Article 5: Labor Management Committees.
Testing is the ONLY proven way to get the virus identified and put those that test positive into quarantine and out of the workplace. There is no cure, there is no vaccine, but it has been proven that TESTING WORKS. Have a measure of respect for your members health and safety Governor, have a measure of respect for their families and those they serve, START TESTING.
During this time of crisis, the BPW plays a critical role in acquiring personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essential supplies to combat the spread of the virus. At this week’s meeting, where Governor Larry Hogan was represented by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, State Treasurer Nancy Kopp spoke out on behalf of state employees.

Emergency Pay Grievance Updates

The AFSCME Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in article 10, section 5, says that state employees whose duties require them to report to work to continue agency operations during an emergency condition or who are required to report to work during a declared emergency condition are entitled to be credited (i.e. paid) two hours of work time for each hour actually worked.