Council 3 Updates

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Outbreak at Largo MVA Prompts AFSCME Local 3655 Members to Speak Out

Last week, there was a COVID outbreak at the MVA branch office in Largo, Maryland.

Outbreak at Largo MVA Prompts AFSCME Local 3655 Members to Speak Out

Last week, there was a COVID outbreak at the MVA branch office in Largo, Maryland.

Regional AFSCME Meetings

Join us for our next Regional AFSCME Meetings for October 2020.

Testing is the ONLY proven way to get the virus identified and put those that test positive into quarantine and out of the workplace. There is no cure, there is no vaccine, but it has been proven that TESTING WORKS. Have a measure of respect for your members health and safety Governor, have a measure of respect for their families and those they serve, START TESTING.
During this time of crisis, the BPW plays a critical role in acquiring personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essential supplies to combat the spread of the virus. At this week’s meeting, where Governor Larry Hogan was represented by Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, State Treasurer Nancy Kopp spoke out on behalf of state employees.

Emergency Pay Grievance Updates

The AFSCME Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in article 10, section 5, says that state employees whose duties require them to report to work to continue agency operations during an emergency condition or who are required to report to work during a declared emergency condition are entitled to be credited (i.e. paid) two hours of work time for each hour actually worked.

Over the past 48 hours, AFSCME stewards and activists have reported in from agencies and worksites across the State of Maryland. We have gathered a variety of information to provide an up-to-date assessment of where practices and preparedness stand in various agencies after several weeks of pushing the Administration to do the responsible thing.
AFSCME members have been fighting for years to fix the pay disparities and lack of security in the State Hospitals and Residential Centers which are now predominantly Forensic. They lobbied legislators this session to pass two pieces of legislation to help the staffing crisis and improve security. We are happy to report that their relentless efforts have paid off!
With COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) now present and spreading in the United States, many of our members will be on the front lines of caring for and transporting those afflicted with the virus. They too are at risk -- particularly if there isn’t awareness of the symptoms, if there is improper or delayed diagnosis, or if there are inadequate workplace safeguards. All Council 3 members have direct contact with the public. For these reasons, accurate information is of vital importance.
BECAUSE SO FAR HOGAN'S RESPONSE TO THE STAFFING CRISIS IS A PAY CUT In the last month, Governor Hogan has cut $65 million in funding for raises for state employees from the budget. We need to come together during the Legislative Session to work with our allies in the Legislature to fence off the money for this 3% COLA and then urge Governor Hogan to spend it before July.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY OVERRIDES VETO OF MOU GRIEVANCE BILL

Today, the House voted 96-41 and Senate voted 31-15 to override Governor Hogan’s veto on our MOU grievance bill. This bill was originally introduced during the 2018 session and after two vetoes from the Governor will become law in thirty days. Thank you to the shop stewards, activists and members who fought to strengthen workers’ rights by working on this bill.