The campaign will target the Maryland General Assembly during its spring legislative session.
Why is this university still using prison labor?
Similar bills have been taken to the Maryland legislature 8 times and killed in the past 20 years.
Employees will also receive cost of living adjustments and merit-based raises.
Those with previous exemptions won't need to get the booster.
The increase will not include student workers and contractual workers who work at USM institutions.
Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed a bill earlier this year.
Out-of-state tuition will increase by 5 percent.
Panelists also discussed the possibility of making vaccines mandatory in the fall semester.
The bill would require public higher education institutions to implement new health guidelines aimed at protecting student-athletes.