‘De-skilling jobs’| State employee union expresses concerns over elimination of four-year degree requirement for state jobs
(WEAA)– Governor Larry Hogan announced Tuesday that a four-year college degree will no longer be a requirement for many state jobs in Maryland.
As a lifelong small businessman, I know that a growing economy goes hand-in-hand with a flourishing workforce, which is why we're launching an effort to make Maryland the first state in the nation to eliminate the 4-year college degree requirement from thousands of state jobs. pic.twitter.com/Enrn62O5Iw— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) March 15, 2022
The state will work with partners to recruit individuals who are “Skilled Through Alternative Routes” (STARs).
“Their solution is trying to deskill many of these jobs because that’s the cheap route for them", said Patrick Moran.
Moran, president of AFSCME Council 3, Maryland’s largest state employee union, joined Two Way Talk to express his concerns regarding the new workforce development initiative.
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In response Patrick Moran, President of @AFSCMEMaryland said: "It is unfortunate that the Hogan administration is deskilling state services. This is another poor attempt to suppress wages and reduce the quality of state services in Maryland." 1/2 https://t.co/K6Y6lOJHCH— AFSCME Council 3 (@AFSCMEMaryland) March 15, 2022