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Housekeeping, facilities, administrative, and other university staff call attention to stressful working conditions and insufficient pay at university

Thousands of employees who have worked or currently work for Maryland’s Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) will receive a combined total of $13 million as a result of a federal Department of Labor investigation surrounding the illegal changing of timecards by the State, violating the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
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.
Faced with a half-billion-dollar budget gap, Gov. Larry Hogan is proposing to roll back several programs enacted to help Baltimore recover from the riots of 2015 and to freeze pay for state workers.