Union rights extend to more Maryland state workers

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On Wednesday, the Board of Public Works approved a $100,000 transfer to the State Labor Relations Board to pay for the increased workload created by the collective bargaining expansion, Mr. Myers said. The money will pay for an extra administrative employee, office supplies, mailing ballots and the full-time wage of an assistant attorney general who was previously part time.

As a result of the bill, a lot of work needs to be done in a short amount of time, said State Labor Relations Board Executive Director Erica Snipes. Once a petition to unionize is filed, the board has 90 days to send ballots to employees, she said. The board will mail those ballots as well as notices and packets of information about unionization to employees, she said.

If employees vote to unionize, the labor board will be responsible for managing disputes between the state and new union members.

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