AFSCME Council 3, Maryland’s largest state employee union, on Tuesday announced a failure to reach an agreement in contract negotiations for the first time since 2006. After months of negotiating with Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration about wage increases and various non-economic proposals, Council 3 members were unable to reach an agreement, including over access to personal protective equipment (PPE) and a statewide telework policy. "The governor’s proposals are a slap in the face to front-line workers like my co-workers and me,” said Denise Henderson, AFSCME Local 3167 president. Negotiators from the state indicated a more generous wage offer for police officers was directly related to their closer political alignment with the Hogan administration, said Council 3 President Patrick Moran.
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