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Workers overwhelmingly choose to form their union with AFSCME Maryland

Bills include expansion of collective bargaining rights for state supervisory employees, library workers, and more

The city’s general government employees have spent the past year tirelessly organizing after the city charter was amended to allow for colle

ANNAPOLIS, MD – Today, AFSCME, Maryland’s largest and fastest-growing union for public service employees, joined with Advocates for Children and Youth, ACLU of Maryland and NAACP Maryland to call on Governor Larry Hogan to address the State staffing crisis that is damaging efforts to reduce crime in Baltimore City and reducing services to the citizens of Maryland in agencies across State government, including Health, Juvenile Services and Public Safety & Correctional Services.

Gov. Wes Moore and Mayor Brandon Scott joined AFSCME President Lee Saunders, AFSCME Maryland Council 3 President Patrick Moran and AFSCME members to encourage job seekers to apply to open public service positions

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.
Baltimore Maryland- Today, AFSCME Maryland learned that a Correctional Officer died because of the Coronavirus. At this time, the Department is working to notify the Officer’s family including some who work for the Department of Corrections (DOC). The Officer passed away Monday, June 8th.
AFSCME Maryland Statement on December 3rd Indictment Baltimore, Maryland- AFSCME Maryland learned today of the indictment and arrest of 25 correctional officers and employees. The correctional officers charged today should receive the process and rights that they are due under Maryland law and the US Constitution. They are innocent until proven guilty.
WASHINGTON—Today, the House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 1309, the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, which demands the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issue a workplace violence prevention standard requiring employers within the health care and social service sectors to develop and implement a plan to protect their employees from workplace violence.
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.