First of all, I want to thank you for all that you do for making Howard County work as an institution.

It’s become clear that relief bills Congress has approved thus far, including the record $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, won’t be enough to quell the health and economic fallout caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

What other aid should Congress provide? AFSCME has recommendations.

AFSCME members working for the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) are hopping busy these days fulfilling a critical mission. They are helping Louisianans survive as the Bayou State’s economy buckles under pressure from the coronavirus pandemic.

Updating wills before heading into work. Extending the lives of single-use masks. Self-isolating from their own families. These are just some of the shameful realities and conditions health care workers on the front lines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic are facing each day.

Before the announcement early Wednesday of an unprecedented $2 trillion deal to combat the coronavirus pandemic, AFSCME President Lee Saunders and three front-line workers put pressure on federal lawmakers to come through with a robust aid package for state and local governments so they can rebuild decimated public services.

The coronavirus aid package that cleared Congress is just not good enough for public service workers. That’s the takeaway message from AFSCME President Lee Saunders.

If any of our members have any Concerns about the Contract Obligation with the Corona Virus Issue, please feel free to contact Dale Chase, President of 3085, 410-984-9155, Gary Stewart, President, 3888, Juakita Rideout, President, 1810 or Vanessa Webb, Chief Shop Steward, 443-801-9871,  If you have questions about what has been put in place by the County, we will have to get back to you on that once we talk to the proper person (s).

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) emerges in the United States, many AFSCME members are and will continue to be on the front lines caring for and transporting those afflicted with the virus. Workers in emergency services, health care, child care, educational institutions and many others may come in contact with people who’ve contracted the coronavirus, putting themselves at risk.

Brothers and Sisters,

Our 2020 Union Night in Annapolis will be held this Monday, March 2nd at 6pm. This event is an excellent opportunity to bring awareness to the campaigns and initiatives our unions are undertaking, and to educate both our representatives in the legislature and the general public on issues facing working people.