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When you become a full member and fill out a membership card, you are becoming a member of the largest and fastest-growing union for state and higher education employees in Maryland! We are 28,000+ strong and together we are fighting for the raises we deserve, safe staffing levels and to protect our quality public services. 

If you have questions about your membership, please call our office at 410-547-1515 or email

  • Every public employee in Maryland is impacted by our wage negotiations. When AFSCME members win a raise, it is extended to all Maryland Public Employees, even if they are not covered by an AFSCME negotiated Memorandum of Understanding or Contract.
  • Our strength comes from numbers. We need a large and active membership when we sit down at the bargaining table. Our power in numbers creates a strong voice to advocate for Public Employees.  
  • Union membership gives you access to members-only benefits and representation in case of discipline or other violations of the MOU or relevant Maryland State Law. 


  • Right of representation under the contract or, if you do not currently have collective bargaining, under relevant State Law. 
  • Full rights of AFSCME Maryland membership, including joining the group fighting for fair raises for all employees of any state agency, electing union officers, and participating in other democratic processes.
  • Exclusive member-only benefits, insurance benefits, and scholarships for you and your family.
  • $19.10 FT | $14.32 PT (per pay period) through payroll deduction for 2023. For COBR-eligible members: $23.10 FT | $18.32 PT (per pay period) for 2023.

When we fight, we win.

AFSCME members are on the frontlines every day, providing the services that Marylanders depend on. The pandemic has made what we do even more important, and we are fighting every day to strengthen public services. We are leading the fight for:

  • Stronger Health and Safety Protections
  • Fair Wages to Recruit & Retain Staff
  • A Fair Budget for Working Marylanders

By uniting together, we are winning the fight for a better Maryland. By joining our union, you are becoming a part of the 30,000 state and higher education employees who are fighting to improve state employee pay, benefits, and working conditions. Maryland Public Employees are more than 48% behind the national rate of inflation. We can't afford to wait. Join the fight today. Our strength comes from numbers, and getting a raise to recruit and retain quality staff next year will be a big fight!

In 2020, we stopped Governor Hogan from: 

  • imposing a 5% unilateral pay cut
  • eliminating thousands of frontline positions,
  • increasing health care costs,
  • and enforced across the board furlough days

We won by organizing and standing together. We enforced our raises and instead of cuts enforced a 2% COLA for January 2021.

Bottom line: Union membership matters.

We cannot take our rights and benefits for granted any longer. The most important way you can help keep Maryland strong is by becoming a union member today.

If you have questions about your membership, please call our office at 410-547-1515 or email [email protected].