BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s largest state employee union is expecting to see a big increase in funding thanks to a law that allows it to collect fees from nonmembers.
The Maryland chapter of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees will start collecting fees in mid-July and The Baltimore Sun reports that the union could see a $4.7 million gain over the fiscal year.
The fees are allowed under The Fair Share Act, which the state legislature passed in 2009, and will take as much as $389 dollars annually from some of the 12,500 state workers.
Union officials say the extra money will allow them to improve services, but some state workers say they don’t have a lot of faith in unions.
The fees will also be collected by smaller unions.
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