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Better wages. Check. Better working conditions. Check.

At a time when our country needs real investments in infrastructure, education and public services, congressional leaders 

Union Officials Call for Enhanced Safety Procedures in MD Prisons

September 8th, 2018

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Katie Moy-Santos, [email protected]

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No politician running for office today would openly advocate for more wealth inequality in our country, where the richest 1 percent of the population owns 40 percent of the wealth. Even candidate Donald Trump in 2016 promised to stand up for the “forgotten men and women of our country,” who feel betrayed by a rigged economic system that benefits a small minority at their expense. Yet every single day, President Trump and congressional leaders seem determined to do more to increase wealth inequality than to alleviate it; do more for corporations and the wealthy than for single parents working two or three jobs to make ends meet.

Like others around the world, I mourned the death last week of Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul set a new standard for enduring classic songs with both artistic and political impact, like her mega-hit “Respect,” which became an anthem for both the civil rights and women’s movements.

And that song is on my mind as we embark on a week of action dedicated to shining light on the stakes for women in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

BALTIMORE, MD – As of today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Janus v. AFSCME that we will no longer be able collect fair share fees on the basis of free speech. This decision will hurt millions of working families nationwide. This decision is not about “free speech” it is about blocking attempts by working people to make their lives better. While we are still working to interpret the decision, our fight ahead does not change. AFSCME Maryland will continue to fight for a fair raise, quality public services and safe staffing levels.
AFSCME Maryland President Patrick Moran released the following statement in response to an incident injuring eight staff today at the Victor Cullen Center in Sabillasville, Maryland: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the wounded staff members and their families.”
AFSCME Maryland, the largest union for state and higher education employees, will march in the 18th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Baltimore City. This year, members representing dozens of state agencies from across Maryland will attend.
AFSCME Maryland President Patrick Moran today released the following statement in response to an independent arbitrator’s findings and recommendations on state employee rights and wages.