Time is almost up for every elected official in Maryland. This fall when you head to the polls, don’t forget we will also be negotiating for the pay raise all state workers deserve. AFSCME Maryland is coming together to get politicians to commit to fighting alongside us to protect state services NOW.
If you’re interested in making your voice heard and being a part of the fight to make Maryland work for all middle class people, take this survey and let us know who you support! To prepare for the fight ahead we need to hear from you about who you support and how we can come together as a union to support them.
FAIR WAGES & PROPER RESPECT
UPDATE (6/4/2018) : Here are the location details for voting :
When : Tuesday, June 5th between 7am - 4:30pm
Where: Nyumburu Multipurpose Room, Lower Level (next to Stamp)
Who: ALL UMD Non-Exempt and Exempt Staff
Why: To vote YES on our new employee contract
But the fight is not over. We need to show a united front to the University through a strong vote in support of this contract! We must continue our fight to improve jobs for all state employees through these key efforts :
IT'S TIME FOR MANAGEMENT TO FEEL THE HEAT
A delegation of 12-15 members from housekeeping and maintenance approached Residential Facilities Director, Jon Dooley, during the Employee Recognition and Appreciation Luncheon for division staff at University of Maryland. Over 100 workers wore stickers in solidarity with AFSCME members, during the luncheon and throughout the workday on Tuesday, May 8th.
AFSCME MEMBERS DEMAND BETTER WORKPLACE CONDITIONS
EVERY ACTION HAS A EQUAL REACTION
After receiving the petition of over 100 signatures and witnessing the solidarity and strength our membership, Jon Dooley committed to meeting with staff no later than May 15th to discuss our demands regarding working conditions in the summer.
If you are interested in attending the meeting or want to support workers rights in your department, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org
IT'S ABOUT THE MONEY!
On Thursday, March 8th, the Bargaining Action Team, stared down campus administration at the negotiation table. As a result, several management proposals that would have had a negative impact the work-life balance of University of Maryland employees were with withdrawn.
BEATING BACK THE ATTACKS
NOW, IT'S WAGES AND PARKING
The next fight is about the money in our pocket — our raises and the amount of money we pay for parking. Two important things:
STAND TOGETHER AND WE WILL WIN!
Saturday, March 10th, future activist attended a bootcamp session about current contract negotiations at University of Maryland College Park. AFSCME Local 1072 leaders and activists are working hard, even on Saturday, to win the best contract possible.
If you’re interested in getting involved or getting an update on the contract campaign at University of Maryland College Park, please email email@example.com.
We have an opportunity to stop the compression of wages for full-time exempt and non-exempt staff at the University of Maryland. There have been several attempts to quantify the sentiments and mood of employees at their worksite by campus administration. Staff have been polled twice about their emotional and personal connections to campus and not the real issues and challenges they face as employees, commuters, and working families.
EXEMPT EMPLOYEES JOIN ThE CONVERSATION
All this talk about "Thriving Workplaces" but there's no talk about wage increases...until now.Now is your time to speak up. We want to hear from you at the next revolving town hall meeting. AFSCME 1072 will be hosting the fourth Revolving Town Hall on Tuesday, February 20th at Nyumburu Cultural Center, Lower Level . Staff should plan to attend anytime between 11:00am - 4:00pm in the Multipurpose Room
Do you want better wages ? Are you tired of not getting a merit increase or a cost of living increase in your salary?
Now is your time to speak up. We want to hear from you at the next revolving town hall meeting.
AFSCME 1072 will be hosting the third Revolving Town Hall on Thursday, February 15th at Nyumburu Cultural Center, Lower Level for 2 sessions.
Morning Commuters should plan to attend anytime between 7:00am - 8:30am in the Multipurpose Room
Evening Commuters should plan to attend anytime between 10:30am - 2:00pm in the Multipurpose Room
Do you want better wages ? Are you tired of not getting a merit increase or a cost of living increase in your salary? Now is your time to speak up. We want to hear from you at the next revolving town hall meeting. RSVP NOW AFSCME 1072 will be hosting the third Revolving Town Hall on Thursday, February 15th at Nyumburu Cultural Center, Lower Level for 2 sessions. Morning Commuters should plan to attend anytime between 7:00am - 8:30am in the Multipurpose Room Evening Commuters should plan to attend anytime between 10:30am - 2:00pm in the Multipurpose Room
GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN
Craig was never afraid to speak on behalf of others silenced by the institutional oppression at University of Maryland. He sounded the battlecry for social justice throughout the local and inspired many to action, including myself.
After Craig began working in the UMCP Grounds Department he was soon elected to be the Chief Shop Steward of the local union. In that capacity he not only represented university workers in grievances, he organized picket lines for safe working conditions, circulated petitions to win fair treatment, testified in Annapolis for higher wages and participated in the campaign to win collective bargaining for university and state employees.
Craig’s activism, tenacity, strategic thinking and political determination will surely be missed.
At the November 29 bargaining session, AFSCME Local 1072 again advocated for campus transportation policies which are affordable, sustainable, and which help to maximize the benefits of service for its most vulnerable members. While countering the administration's proposed increase in parking permit fees for employees and faculty is one of Local 1072's top priorities, other campus transit issues demonstrate that this is a matter of equity which affects the entire campus population.
In an exciting development, two students joined the union at the negotiations to participate in a discussion with David Allen, Executive Director of DOTS. Much to everyone’s chagrin, the students were forcefully rebuffed by the administration's representatives at the table and denied any opportunity to ask questions, make comments, or provide their own specialized perspective on campus transportation issues.
Nevertheless, the bargaining team persisted in their efforts to present the terrible reality that workers, students, and faculty face with the intended implementation of a parking fee increase and the ongoing decrease in available parking spaces.
In questioning David Allen, the union established that there is no material plan to replace the 3000+ parking spaces lost to construction. While a new parking garage could happen in the theoretical future, DOTS has not allocated funds in several fiscal cycles to add spaces. This means that parking scarcity can only increase in the near-term.
TRANSIT ACCESS FOR ALL
DOTS contends that Shuttle-UM is primarily a student-oriented service, and has threatened service reductions if students do not accept an increase in their mandatory fee. DOT's own SmartCommute program encourages Shuttle-UM use by employees who would use those same eliminated routes. Workers who rely on the shuttle to get them to work during weekends would be adversely affected.
The same SmartCommute program encourages telework as an alternative to driving. The union has proposed improvements to the current telework policy. The union wants both workers and supervisors to have clearer guidelines and better ground rules so that more people can use telework and reduce their driving footprint. Thus far, the administration has rejected this proposal outright.
DOTS’ support of more commuting by bike is both responsible and admirable. However, it should not be seen a viable option for everyone. Workers with disabilities or limiting conditions and those workers with early morning start times who arrive on campus in the dark most of the year should be able to commute safely and park affordably.
Our bargaining team believes that when a diversity of voices representing the entire campus community is heard equally and fairly, it results in better outcomes for everyone. We continue to seek out open dialogue with whomever and wherever we may find it, and encourage you to join with us as we labor to protect and improve a workplace that is worthy of the name Maryland.