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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.
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.
Read articles featuring AFSCME Maryland members fighting for a better Maryland across the state over the past week.
We are encouraged by the Comptrollers FY20 closeout report showing almost $600 million in fund balance. We have said from the beginning that the Governor needed to be prudent and not just wildly cut state services and those who deliver them. This report validates our position. Going forward, the number of positive cases in Maryland continues to rise. Public employees continue to be on the frontline of containing the spread of the virus and mitigating the social and economic effects on our neighbors. We urge caution and measured actions to ensure our state can economically recover. We call on the USM and the Governor to put frontline workers first so that public services continue to function and deliver for the people of Maryland.
Baltimore- AFSCME Maryland members in state and higher education are pleased to see draconian cuts to state services and frontline employees removed from the July 1st BPW agenda. The leadership of State Treasurer Kopp and Comptroller Franchot and thoughtfulness about the needs of Marylanders will not be forgotten. Congratulations to the dogged Council 3 members who lobbied, emailed, called, wrote letters and did direct action to get the point across that state services during a pandemic must be protected.
Baltimore, MD – AFSCME Council 3, the state’s largest public employee union representing almost 30,000 state employees, decried the proposed budget cuts put forward by the Hogan Administration today. The Administration is looking for reductions totaling $1.45 billion.
Annapolis, Maryland- Next Tuesday, June 16th, AFSCME Council 3 members joined by labor and community allies will caravan to call on Governor Hogan and the Board of Public Works to support frontline state workers. Our union is calling on Governor Hogan and the Board of Public Works to fund the frontlines and ensure frontline workers have adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and technology to do their job, hazard pay, a plan to respond to positive cases in the workplace as well as regular universal testing. After six years of significant underfunding and understaffing from the Hogan Administration, our state services are in crisis.
We are proud that AFSCME members’ action has produced the Governor’s reaction, and we are happy that our campaign for health and safety at public facilities is winning results. However we couldn’t help but notice today’s announcement oddly omits any testing in the Maryland Department of Health and its hospitals.