Approximately 30,000 Maryland State government employees have collective bargaining rights. What this means is that union organizations certified as the exclusive bargaining representatives are entitled to negotiate with the Governor or his designee(s) regarding wages, hours, and working conditions. These exclusive representatives act on behalf of bargaining unit employees.
The collective bargaining process typically results in a labor agreement that is reached between the State and the exclusive representative. Once the parties reach agreement, bargaining unit members are called upon to vote to "ratify" the agreement. A majority of votes cast determines whether the agreement will be implemented.
During the FY 2011 negotiations, the State of Maryland and the various exclusive representatives bargained for the right to charge a service fee. The philosophy behind a service fee is that all individuals who benefit from the services performed on their behalf by exclusive representatives should pay to support those services, which include activities related to enforcement of agreements and negotiation of future agreements.
We hope that this website will provide answers to your questions about service fees and provide you with the necessary contact and resource information to obtain any additional information you may need.