9-5-11: Collective Bargaining in Maryland
This conversation originally aired on March 1st, 2011
Since Democratic legislators in Wisconsin left the state, debate has ignited across the country over collective bargaining rights for public employees.
Here in Maryland, Governor Martin O’Malley has reiterated his support for collective bargaining. “We’re all better off if we keep people at the table and treat people with dignity and respect,” he said during a WTOP radio appearance with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and Washington, D.C., mayor Vincent Gray.
Wisconsin is the birthplace of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME. Protestors there are fighting to protect a right that public employees have had in that state for 52 years.
Collective bargaining is a much newer phenomenon for Maryland government workers. Today, we’ll hear the history of collective bargaining in Maryland from Bill Barry, director of labor studies at the Community College of Baltimore County, Dundalk, and Sue Esty, legislative director for AFSCME Maryland.