AFT-Maryland, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO, was chartered in 1973 and today represents more than 18,000 members in the State of Maryland.
The local unions within our State Federation represent pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; state and local government employees; and nurses and other healthcare professionals.
Members make their voices heard on the state level by electing delegates to our state convention and by participating on various committees. Delegates to the convention vote on policy and the goals and objectives of the state federation. The convention elects the president, the secretary-treasurer, and the twelve vice preseidents who comprise the Executive Board. The Executive Board directs the operations of AFT-Maryland between conventions.
Part of a Labor Network
The AFT, AFT-Maryland, and our local unions are active participants in the AFL-CIO and its local labor councils. This labor network enhances the unions' effectiveness in local communities, the state legislature, and in Washington, D.C. As part of the larger labor community, we are able to lend our collective voices to those issues facing our members.
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About the AFT: Click here to learn more about the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers and is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.
AFT Mission Statement: The American Federation of Teachers is a union of professionals that champions fairness; democracy; economic opportunity; and high-quality public education, healthcare and public services for our students, their families and our communities. We are committed to advancing these principles through community engagement, organizing, collective bargaining and political activism, and especially through the work our members do.