Visit the Political Hub

The political season is well underway, and your union is busy providing services that will make it easier for members to participate in our democracy. AFT-Maryland's Political Hub is a one-stop web hub for members that can help you find information to register to vote, identify your representatives in state and local government, keep abreast of legislation in Annapolis that affects your work, identify various candidates running for office, understand the AFL-CIO endorsement process, and much more.

Resources on COVID-19

AFT and AFT-Maryland are focused on the health and safety of our members and communities. Members can stay connected with information and obtain resources by by calling AFT's outbreak line at 800-900-2343 or by sending an email to outbreak@aft.org

Below is a list of resources on the web for members and community as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, including links to the US CDC, Maryland Dept. of Health, AFT National's links for Nurses & Health Professionals, Public Employees, Educators & School Support Staff, and Higher Ed Faculty & Staff. There are also links to the AFL-CIO's resources, Union Plus hardship help, OSHA, and the WHO. Click through to read more.

 

 

Governor Candidate Forums Held

AFT-Maryland kicked off our first two nights of members-only gubernatorial candidate meet-and-greet events last week. AFT-Maryland members who work in the field of public education had a chance to hear from a few of the candidates who are running to be the next governor of Maryland. Candidates discussed a range of public education policy issues including how to ...

BTU Holds International Teachers Event

In October, members of the Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU Local 340) International Teachers Committee gathered at the BTU office to welcome 27 newly recruited teachers from the Philippines. The committee has been working to orient the new teachers to services and benefits BTU can provide to support them in their various roles working for Baltimore City Schools. 

The BTU International Teachers Committee is a group specifically dedicated to ensuring new international teachers acclimate to their new teaching environment. The Committee operates the way the union does for members across the district, just on a smaller scale. It ensures there’s a community that will...

MCEA Holds Training for MTA Officers

Union business proceeds even on weekends in some instances, and that was the case for the Maryland Classified Employees Association (MCEA, Local 1935) as they held a Saturday training and informational session for MTA police officers who are members of the local. The session covered a number of topics that served as both a welcome and informative introduction to union activity. 

MCEA and AFT-Maryland staff walked MTA officers through sessions on collective bargaining, union structure, insurance, as well as grievances. These are vital sessions for public employees accessing the privileges and benefits of union membership. Those in attendance left with a clearer understanding of the structure of their union, a better sense of the relationship their local has with AFT-Maryland, AFT, and the AFL-CIO as well as...