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Today, AFSCME Maryland Council 3 reached an agreement with the State on wage increases for the coming year at the statutory deadline. Per the agreement, all state workers covered by an AFSCME contract who are eligible for a step increase will receive one in the upcoming fiscal year starting July 1, 2023. Depending on the position and agency, some state workers will receive additional pay increases and bonuses.
Today, workers at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender (OPD) won their union election and have voted to certify AFSCME Maryland Council 3 as their exclusive bargaining representative. One bargaining unit will consist of core (administrative and support) staff, and another bargaining unit will consist of intake staff, investigators, social workers and attorneys. These two bargaining units span the entire state in 12 different districts and over 600 workers at the OPD.
Hagerstown, Maryland- AFSCME Council 3 members are coming together to oppose Governor Hogan’s proposed 2041 Master Facilities Plan which calls for the closure of Western Maryland Hospital Center and other facilities. In the Maryland Department of Health’s “2041 Facilities Master Plan,” released in September of 2021, they state one of their goals is “Identifying strategic partners to transfer services from Western Maryland Hospital Center in Hagerstown and Deer’s Head Hospital Center in Salisbury to healthcare and community providers”.
Unions and Community Partners, joined by Tom Perez, Urge Governor Hogan to Allow Workers Bills to Become Law Despite History of Vetoes Annapolis- The Governor has until April 8th to sign several presented bills into law, allow them to become law without his signature, or veto them. In his two terms Governor Hogan has vetoed numerous bills that would improve or impact Maryland workers and signed few into law. This year, working people and their unions are coming together to urge the Governor NOT to veto important legislation and obstruct further progress for working people.
ANNAPOLIS- Ahead of today’s annual budget hearing for the Department of Human Services, AFSCME members are speaking out about rampant understaffing and under-resourcing in the agency. DHS workers oversee adult and child welfare, provide benefits and assistance to families struggling economically, and many more services. DHS is our social safety net, and our members put the “human” in human services. As of January 2022, DHS has 882 vacant positions for a vacancy rate of 14.7% - the highest vacancy rate of any public safety, health, and human services state agency.
Annapolis- AFSCME Council 3 members will gather this evening to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and launch our campaign to strengthen worker’s rights in Maryland. Members will gather to rally virtually, due to COVID safety protocols, on Zoom. Members will be joined by and hear from AFSCME National President Lee Saunders and Speaker of the House Adrienne Jones as well as former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Del. Brooke Lierman and others.
AFSCME Council 3 members are raising alarm about a growing crisis of dangerous conditions inside Maryland State Correctional Facilities. Since 2016, AFSCME members have spoken out about poor working conditions and low pay making it difficult to recruit and retain frontline staff. Compounded by the pandemic, the staffing crisis has become even more acute impacting the safety and quality of life of detainees.
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.