State and higher education employees in Maryland say that a shortage of state workers is hampering their ability to provide critical services. And after a summer of no answers or solutions from management and increasing violence in Maryland state facilities, state employees say they’re ready to take their fight to the next level. “Chronic understaffing has meant state employees workloads have expanded to the breaking point, mandated overtime is skyrocketing, and work environments are increasingly dangerous,” wrote AFSCME Council 3 President Patrick Moran in a September 2 column published in the Capital Gazette. Council 3 members are calling on the Maryland General Assembly to convene emergency hearings this fall to identify the cause of the staffing crisis and find solutions. Members are holding meetings at worksites across the state to sign petitions and write letters to their legislators asking for their support in their fight to convene these hearings.
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