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For Immediate Release: Monday, January 10th, 2022

Crisis in Baltimore Corrections: Fire, Spoiled Vaccines and Assaults Creating Dangerous Conditions Inside State Facilities

On December 31st, 2021, members of AFSCME Council 3’s bargaining reached a tentative agreement with the Hogan Administration for a new contract after months of difficult bargaining. The agreement provides for almost 12% in raises to 20,000 frontline workers including social workers, nurses, direct care assistants, correctional officers, highway workers, juvenile service workers, case managers, and many others. AFSCME was also able to secure additional COVID response pay and leave at the 11th hour of negotiations for its members battling COVID on the frontlines. The raises consist of a combination of step advancements that have long been deferred by the administration and cost-of-living adjustments that are crucial to keeping State employees’ families secure and stable.
BALTIMORE- Today, AFSCME Council 3 and AFSCME Council 67 are proud to jointly announce their endorsement of Delegate Brooke Lierman for Comptroller of Maryland. Together, the two councils represent over 50,000 state, county, municipal, school board and higher education employees across Maryland. The vote to endorse Lierman was unanimous, a testament to her fierce advocacy for organized labor, her unparalleled ability to deliver results for working families, and her vision to create an economy that works for all Marylanders.
SALISBURY, MD- Today, the family, friends, and co-workers of Gregory Guy Collins will finally see justice as the sentencing for his murder will be announced twenty years after his death. On June 4th, 2001, after his shift at the Eastern Correctional Institute, Collins was murdered by John Michael Ingersoll Jr. For 18 years, Officer Collins's family had waited for justice as the case sat cold until last year when the Maryland State Police announced the charges. A grand jury convicted Ingersoll of first- and second-degree murder on Friday, September 13th.
BALTIMORE- Today, AFSCME Council 3 and AFSCME Council 67 jointly announced their endorsement of candidate and former Maryland and U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez to be our next Governor. Together, the two councils represent nearly 100 local unions, over 800 worksites, and over 50,000 state, county, municipal, school board and higher education employees across Maryland.
Baltimore, Maryland- AFSCME Council 3 members march and rally in Baltimore alongside legislative and community allies to demand Governor Hogan invest the recently announced surplus in underfunded public services and the employees who provide them. Members will gather at 301 Preston St. and march to the Walters Art Museum in solidarity with cultural arts workers organizing to win a union. Maryland has a real chance to improve services by investing in our state government again after news of our $2.5 billion dollar surplus. Coinciding with AFSCME’s rally and march will be the release of a report, Surpluses or Services? highlighting the need for greater investment in critical state services.
Baltimore, Maryland- AFSCME Council 3 will release a new report detailing issues of wage inequities within the University System of Maryland (USM). Since Governor Hogan vetoed Senate Bill 9, which would consolidate bargaining for higher education workers, AFSCME members on campuses across Maryland have been taking action to urge the University System of Maryland to negotiate immediately.
Today, Governor Hogan announced a $1,000 bonus for all state and higher education employees in Maryland. This will be helpful to the tens of thousands of Maryland state and higher education employees who have been working through the pandemic on the frontline under dangerous conditions with no acknowledgment from the Governor. A one-time bonus is not enough to compensate our members who are still waiting for access to the vaccine and risking their health and their family’s health by reporting to work every day.