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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.
A 17-year veteran correctional officer stabbed Monday by an inmate at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland remains in serious condition, state officials said.
A state official confirmed Tuesday that there are some staffing shortages at the prison complex south of Hagerstown, but relief is coming soon.
Sue Esty, legislative director for AFSCME Council 3, said the plan could hurt current state employees in an effort to save money.
There are more than 7,000 correction officers (COs) in Maryland, who staff more than 24 prison institutions. In light of the crisis at the Delaware prison, union leaders are now sounding the alarm.
Patrick Moran, president of the state workers' union AFSCME Council 3, roundly criticized the governor's proposal. He said creating a two-track system would hurt the state pension program and diminish workers' financial security as they age.
Patrick Moran, president of AFSCME Maryland Council 3, the largest labor union representing state workers, called Hogan’s legislation “an awful idea,” saying it would “destabilize” the pension system.