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BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland Office of Administrative Hearings delivered a significant victory to AFSCME in ruling on competing unfair labor practice complaints filed by the union and the Hogan Administration in in relation to negotiations in 2018. Administrative Law Judge Brian P. Weeks dismissed the Hogan Administration’s complaint as baseless and upheld AFSCME’s complaints that the Administration interfered with constitutional rights and violated the law by attempting to force the union to forgo its rights to communicate with the General Assembly and to undermine the union’s ability to communicate the employees it represents.
Annapolis, Md. (October 29, 2019) – Today, the Senate Budget & Taxation and House Appropriations Committees held an emergency joint hearing to demand answers on the chronic staffing shortage within state agencies. Lawmakers were briefed by the Department of Legislative Services, community leaders and state workers, as well as the Hogan administration.
Media Advisory: August 7th, 2019 AFSCME Maryland is standing with legislators and community partners to demand immediate action from the Hogan Administration to address how short staffing damages and undercuts the quality of our public services This year, Governor Hogan chose not to release over $245 million in funding already approved by the Maryland Legislature including but not limited to the testing of rape kids, funding for school construction and funds for retention and raises for Correctional Officers. Instead of funding these critical projects to protect Marylanders, the Governor is silently and chronically underfunding state services, taking away middle-class jobs and effectively gutting our safety net. Our union will continue to fight for a better Maryland and highlight the impact of the Governor’s underfunding.
On May 1st, Delegate Adrienne Jones was elected Speaker of the Maryland House. AFSCME Maryland Council congratulates Delegate Jones on her historic election to the position of Speaker of the House and applauds the election of the first African-American and first woman Speaker in the history of Maryland. As the Speaker Pro Tem, Delegate Jones was a champion for union members and working people across the state.
AFSCME Maryland Organizing Director Sam Luebke appeared on WOLB Talk 1010's Lunch With Labor to discuss the Council's fight at the bargaIning table, the wins during negotiations with management and the Council's plan to fight for more when we return to the bargaining table in September.
On Monday Jan. 15, 2018, a holiday celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a coalition of union and non-union workers, activists, elected officials, and small business owners gathered in Annapolis to kick off the “Fight For $15” statewide campaign, calling on elected officials in Annapolis to raise the minimum wage during the Maryland Legislative Session, which began on Jan. 10 and will end in April.
Patrick Moran, president of AFSCME Council 3, which represents the largest group of affected workers, credited union members with forging the agreement and noted that Hogan tried to rescind a promised raise for state employees in his first year in office.
Sue Esty, legislative and political director for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 3, one of the unions representing state workers, described the situation as being “at a crisis level.”