Supervisors are Organizing for Power with AFSCME Maryland!

As a supervisor, you are still eligible to be an AFSCME member!

Whether you have been recently promoted to a supervisor unit or you have been in your role for years, AFSCME believes that all workers deserve a voice in their workplace.

We understand that because you are also often on the front lines and carrying out the work of your agency, supervisors are just as impacted by stagnant pay, poor leave policies, unsustainable workloads, under-resourcing, and other issues that stem from the decision-making of the State.

As a supervisor, you can become an AFSCME member to access exclusive union benefits, resources, and support.

In fact, many supervisors who have been recently promoted into their roles but formerly had job titles within an AFSCME bargaining unit choose to retain their AFSCME membership in order to keep their access to valuable union benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I become or remain a member as a supervisor?
Looking at the last few years alone, it’s clear that AFSCME has a winning record in fighting for the pay increases and rights that state workers deserve, and it’s time supervisors have the right to negotiate our wages, hours, and working conditions.

As it currently stands, even without a formal union contract, AFSCME can represent you for anything covered in personnel law, including appeals of discipline and grievances on policies that apply to you. You also have access to exclusive benefits for union members, including things like supplemental insurance.

When you join AFSCME, your membership makes it possible to have a strong and unified voice for supervisors across the state, build organizing power to win collective bargaining rights, and advocate for the better working conditions that we deserve.

What would the process of securing a collective bargaining contract for supervisors look like? How long will it take?
The first thing we need to do is talk to our coworkers and understand the workplace concerns and changes we want to see.

Simultaneously, we are currently pursuing legislation in Annapolis that would grant all supervisors  in the executive branch (SPMS/MDOT) the ability to have collective bargaining rights. This will require all of us reaching out to our legislators to let them know passing this legislation is a priority.

Once legislation is passed and goes into effect, we will have the right to sign union cards. As soon as we have a supermajority of support across the state within the supervisor unit, we will file our union cards with the Public Employee Relations Board for recognition.

In order to proceed, a majority of us must sign union cards to certify our union. We will then be able to sit down with the Department of Budget and Management to negotiate a contract that reflects our priorities.

If you are interested in joining the organizing effort to secure collective bargaining rights for supervisors, please fill out this form.

AFSCME is THE union for a variety of public sector workers across the country. Becoming an AFSCME member means having the support of nearly 45,000 public service workers in Maryland alone and more than 1.4 million members nationally.

How much are dues?
As of January 1, 2024, dues will be $20.12 per paycheck for anyone considered to be full time and $15.08 per paycheck for anyone who works part time. For COBR-eligible members, dues are $24.12 for full time and $19.08 for part time.

How do I become an AFSCME member?
You can become an AFSCME member by signing our online membership form at If you have been recently promoted and are not sure if you have retained your membership or if you have any other questions, you can call our offices at 410-547-1515 or by emailing [email protected].

How can AFSCME represent both supervisors and rank and file workers? What about conflicts with other union members?
AFSCME has provided representation to those outside of the bargaining unit since personnel legislation was passed in the 1980s. Providing representation for all dues-paying members, whether part of the bargaining unit or not, is something that we already do.

Should there ever be a scenario where both a rank-and-file worker and a supervisor need representation on either side of an issue, they will be represented by different people, either a staff representative or steward.