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Leading Union outlines Legislative Priorities

January 7th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

AFSCME Maryland Council 3 has unveiled their priorities for Maryland’s 445th Session of the General Assembly. This year’s priorities are focused on three major areas: leveling the playing field between workers and management, improving working conditions, and building a better Maryland for workers and their families. 


Coming into this year’s legislative session, Maryland has record-high vacancy rates in state agencies but a more than $2 billion state budget surplus. According to numbers provided by the State, as of November 1, 2022, Maryland had a combined total of nearly 11,000 vacant or eliminated positions (7,847 vacant positions and 2,858 eliminated positions). 


“As always, we are committed to building a better Maryland and fighting for the pay, respect, and safe working conditions that every state and higher education employee deserves. We’re looking forward to working with the General Assembly and the incoming Moore administration to ensure our state services are funded and the people who provide them are respected and taken care of,” said AFSCME Maryland Council 3 President Patrick Moran.