Toll agency workers begin effort to unionize

By Len Lazarick, The Maryland Reporter

Employees of the Maryland Transportation Authority, which operates the state’s toll bridges and tunnels, have kicked off a campaign for union representation even though the governor has yet to sign the bill authorizing collective bargaining at their agency.

A union press release announcing the campaign said they expect Gov. Martin O’Malley to sign the bill May 22.

The administration did not oppose the legislation, HB537 and SB783, which affects employees at four agencies not under the direct control of the governor: MdTA, the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System, the Maryland State Department of Education and the Office of the Comptroller.

These agencies are among the few state departments not currently covered by collective bargaining. The MdTA workers are seeking to be represented by the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees.

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