Council 3 Updates

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Community Services in Crisis: Maryland Deserves Better

Everybody knows the lack of staff in our facilities hurts AFSCME members and the people we serve. The legislature knows and the people of Maryland know. We are fighting for our communities and the residents of Maryland. AFSCME Council 3 members and community allies called out the Hogan Administration’s staffing crisis in emergency joint hearings called by the Senate Budget & Taxation and House Appropriations Committees in Annapolis.

Below read a letter from Patrick Moran sent to all members about the impact of changes to Retiree Prescription Drug benefits for current employees.

Read more about the history of AFSCME Maryland advocacy for the best prescription drug benefits 

October 16th, 2019

Brothers and Sisters,

Today, AFSCME Maryland Council 3, is in mourning at the loss of U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings who represented Maryland's 7th District including Baltimore City, County and Howard County who passed away on October 17th, 2019. He was first elected to that office in 1996 after serving in the Maryland House of Delegates for 14 years.

Two Critical Hearings for State Employees Scheduled for October 29th

Negotiations Have Begun: the FIGHT is ON!

Now is the time for us to make our voices heard! Last week, we had our second meeting to discuss wage negotiations for the upcoming year. Once again, the Hogan administration sent representatives offering limited ground rules despite ongoing Unfair Labor Practice charges. Winning a fair raise will require a lot more fighting than can happen at the negotiation table.

On September 1, 2019, the Maryland Department of Budget and Management (DBM) issued a letter regarding retiree drug benefits provided by the State. It is clear from reading the letter-the Hogan administration is content with the mess it has created with regard to retiree drug coverage, and will do nothing more to provide the drug coverage promised and needed by retirees and employees eligible for retirement.

Beginning today, October 1st 2019, Maryland correctional officers who are members of AFSCME Council 3 should contact Kahn, Smith & Collins for representation under the Correctional Officer Bill of Rights (COBR). KSC will represent correctional officers at interviews and before hearing boards. They work to ensure officers are afforder their rights and receive fair treatment and just outcomes. 

In Fall 2018, Governor Hogan started negotiations by trying to change the rules. Our members made a choice to refuse to compromise our right to: communicate freely with our members through social media and email and seek assistance from the General Assembly. We didn’t agree to these unfair negotiating conditions and instead members from every agency organized.