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During the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the largest state employees union, AFSCME Maryland, strongly disagrees with Governor Hogan’s decision today (Saturday, March 21st) to cut hazard pay for state workers who are expected to report to work.
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.
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.
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.