Governor O’Malley Releases Statement on Supreme Court Decision
Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley issued the following statement today in reaction to the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling in Harris v. Quinn:
“We are still reviewing the details of the decision, but we are disappointed with the outcome.
“Maryland has derived enormous benefit from our homecare system, which includes collective bargaining. Our system enables the State to accomplish important goals — like ensuring an adequate and well-trained homecare workforce — and exclusive representation and fair-share fees play an important role in a fair and effective collective bargaining system.
“As we continue reviewing the decision, we will consider what, if any, changes will be required for Maryland’s system of collective bargaining. Our system has worked well for home health workers, patients, and taxpayers — so we will try to keep it as much intact as is possible. “