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Maryland State Workers Demand Better Pay, More Staffing

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- Dozens of Maryland state workers rallied in Ocean City on Saturday, protesting understaffed and underpaid working conditions throughout government institutions across the state.

With their green shirts on and packets of info in hand, members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Maryland (AFSCME) Council 3 gathered in the parking lot outside the Ocean City's Convention Center, calling on Gov. Larry Hogan to improve conditions. 

Some say the staffing crisis is a matter of life and death, becoming alarmingly common among many places like correctional facilities and state hospitals. Pictures, as well as testimonials in a recent report, published by the group detail injuries sustained work.

"Tell Governor Hogan to provide us with services, with staffing, and of course, provide state employees with more salary increases," Flo Jones, AFSCME's Secretary-Treasurer said.

The problem is being addressed, according to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services Secretary Robert Green. Green says they've filled 362 correctional facility positions this year alone.

"We have had the highest month of hiring in August in the last two years and will continue to work diligently to fill positions," Green said in a phone call to WBOC. "A huge priority is the safety of our staff and the administration is working to increase salaries, starting pay,  and incredible career opportunities."

But for Saturday's ralliers, the numbers still don't add up and say they'll continue their fight to improve safety, staffing and pay in Maryland's government institutions.


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