In what the union called a “huge win” for state workers, AFSCME Maryland has reached a tentative contract with Republican Larry Hogan’s administration. After the state had initially proposed no raises, the union won a 2% cost of living adjustment with further possible increases if state revenue exceeds projections. In addition, the contract protects overtime pay and expands healthcare. The union says they haven’t finished the battle yet, and will “fight for stronger rights at work and fair pay” in Annapolis. A ratification vote is being conducted by mail ballot.