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Maryland Gov. Hogan, largest state employee union reach deal on worker pay increase

January 2nd, 2023 by WCBC Radio

Maryland's largest union representing state employees announced they've reached an agreement with Gov. Larry Hogan's administration for a wage increase. WBAL reports AFSCME Maryland Council 3 announced they've reached an agreement with the outgoing Hogan administration on a wage increase package for its members. The agreement guaranteed a step increase in the upcoming fiscal year beginning on July 1.

AFSCME said the increase is just the beginning because it does not keep place with inflation. The union pointed to a record high vacancy of almost 8,000 positions as a good enough reason for the state to invest more in recruiting and retaining state employees.

The council represents about 30,000 state and higher education employees.