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Maryland Home Care Providers’ Bargaining Rights Become Law

Law gives providers the power to join a union and bargain collectively with the state.

Gov. O'Malley signs home care bargaining rights into law

Annapolis, MD — With a signature by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) (seated center), approximately 4,600 independent home care providers achieved another victory in a campaign for dignity that began in 2008 when they voted to join Council 67. The new law codifies O’Malley’s 2007 executive order giving the providers the power to join a union and bargain collectively with the state over the Medicaid-funded home care program.

“We have fought long and hard for this opportunity and we are pleased to have the governor’s support, along with the state of Maryland, on this bill,” says home care provider Lorena Snow.

“At a time when collective bargaining rights are being forced out, we are proud to be able to secure legislation that protects the hard-working members of the home care organization.” says Council 67 Exec. Dir. Glen Middleton, also an AFSCME International vice president.

Joining O’Malley are AFSCME International Pres. Gerald W. McEntee (standing behind the governor). Directly behind President McEntee is Middleton. Other key officials attending the signing ceremony were Senate Pres. Thomas Mike Miller Jr. (D) (seated, left of the governor); House Speaker Michael Busch (D) (seated, right of the governor); Sen. Joanne Benson (D) (back row, next to Middleton); Delegate Veronica Turner (D) (behind O’Malley); and Delegate Adrienne Jones (D) (standing, to the right of Busch). Photo: Mike Bradley

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