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Why Join?

  • Do you want to build a better and more secure economic future for you and your family?
  • Are you hurting from a lack of quality, affordable healthcare coverage?
  • Have you ever been unfairly disciplined by your supervisor or forced to accept a demotion, suspension or other punishment you didn’t deserve?

If you answered yes to any of these questions it’s time to consider forming a union with AFSCME. With more than 1.6 million active and retired members nationwide, AFSCME is the strongest and most respected public services union in the country.

We consistently fight for and secure the best wages, benefits and working conditions for our members. Since so much of public service workers’ rights, benefits and funding are impacted by the actions of elected officials, we maintain a strong presence in the corridors of government, fighting to protect our members and holding politicians accountable for their actions. We stand ready to do the same for you and your colleagues.

Get in touch with us to have a preliminary conversation and to learn more. All conversations are strictly confidential and you will not be pressured to move forward until you are ready.

As you all know that pandemic has brought about some much needed updates in the State’s and  Higher Education’s workplace policies.  One of the most glaring is the telework policy.  We have put together a survey to get more information from Sisters and Brothers across the state about the telework policies in their workplace.  This is important because the responses will give us better information and suggestions on how to approach the problems in the current policies.  

AFSCME is calling on the University System of Maryland (USM) to negotiate health and safety plans to protect all staff, students and faculty. Through speaking with one clear voice, we urge the Chancellor to take action to protect the campus community and minimize the spread of COVID-19. Send a letter today urging him to take action!

The novel coronavirus has caused an unprecedented crisis for our nation. More residents are filing for unemployment than ever before. Families now have to plan three meals a day and become teachers for their children. Maryland’s public employees are on the frontline of responding to the growing needs of our community members and neighbors. We have continued to work throughout the pandemic. Now, as the State of Maryland is planning their budget for the next year, they have turned their eyes to cut from already overworked frontline employees.  

The Hogan Administration wants to “thank you” by asking us to take a pay cut. No pay raise this year. Pay more for health insurance. And maybe even lose your job.


The Hogan Administration wants to balance the COVID-19 budget deficits on the backs of state employees. They're going to go to the Board of Public Works July 1st to ask for these cuts in pay and jobs. We need to tell the Board of Public Works “NO!”

By law, the Board of Public Works has the unique ability to cut funding from the state budget when the General Assembly is out of session. The Hogan Administration is going to be asking the Board for hundreds of millions of dollars in cuts from state employees. We need to stop it.


1.Call and write Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford, State Comptroller Peter Franchot, and Treasurer Nancy Kopp. Send a letter today by going here: https://actionnetwork.org/letters/calling-on-the-board-of-public-works-fund-the-frontline

2. Call Comptroller Peter Franchot right now and urge him to VOTE NO on any cuts to frontline state employees. Comptroller Franchot is a key vote of the three officials on the Board of Public Works and could be the deciding swing vote on letting these cuts happen.

Call today: (410) 260-7801

Call today: (410) 260-7801

Call today: (410) 260-7801

More information soon. Shop stewards, please contact your field representative or local president to find out urgent next steps.

In the face of UMD’s response to the nationwide Coronavirus crisis, hundreds of UMD staff have shifted to telework. Please take a moment to complete this survey so that AFSCME will be better able to represent you in meetings with UMD management.