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Over 100 union members call for improved safety protocols, safer staffing levels, and accountability from state leaders during rally outside Catonsville District Court

Contract contains 6% in pay raises, increased shift differentials and pay premiums, additional benefits, and expanded workplace rights

On Tuesday, Baltimore city residents made their voices heard in support of pro-worker candidates to lead the city. We congratulate Mayor Brandon Scott for winning the Democratic nomination for Mayor, Zeke Cohen for winning the Democratic nomination for City Council President, and Bill Henry for winning the Democratic nomination for City Comptroller.
Staffing shortages were on the agenda again Thursday, as state corrections officials met with the union representing employees of the state's prison system.
A full house present was Monday night in Salisbury for a public forum regarding local state medical facilities.
In an attempt to help the lack of staff at Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover state officials announced Monday they will temporarily shut down Poplar Hill Pre-Release Center in Quantico and send their staff to ECI. 
The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the union that represents its correctional officers agree on two things: Maryland's prison system has a staffing shortage, and correctional officers work too much overtime to make up the deficits.
Staffing is a reoccurring concern expressed in the previous JJMU reports from the Victor Cullen Center.
Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday allowed dozens of bills to become law without his signature. 
Advocates have pushed state lawmakers for five years to pass a bill requiring businesses to offer paid sick leave. Earlier this year, they finally passed it. But Thursday afternoon, Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed the bill and urged lawmakers to develop a new, compromise bill.
AFSCME members had an in-depth discussion with Council President Richard Slutzky about school funding after the hearing.