Statement on Gov Hogan's Veto of Blueprint for Maryland's Future / Kirwan

AFT-Maryland Statement on Gov. Hogan's Veto of the Blueprint for Maryland's Future Legislation aka Kirwan & Revenue Generating Legislation

Baltimore, MD - AFT-Maryland is deeply disappointed in Governor Hogan's decision to ignore the bi-artisan enactment of the Kirwan Commission School reforms. With his veto of HB1300, the Blueprint for Maryland's Future, Governor Hogan has unfortunately reverted to out-of-date and tired rhetoric that has proven to be ineffective at bringing positive change to public education. To do so in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic that is exposing the resource gaps of so many Baltimore city students is disappointing.

The commission which worked for nearly four years to deliberate and put forth these recommendations not only had numerous

AFT Launches Landmark Plan to Safely Reopen America’s Schools and Communities

On April 30, 2020, AFT President Randi Weingarten was on MSNBC to talk about what it will take to reopen our nation's schools safely in the wake of the coronavirus. Watch now to hear Weingarten discuss the newly released 20-page, science-based “Plan to Safely Reopen America’s Schools and Communities” and why this plan requires more resources. 

Click here for video links, press release, and a link to the planning document.

AFT COVID-19 Grief Counseling

In response to the world-wide pandemic we are facing, the AFT is providing Grief Counseling at no cost to you. All members, active and retired, and eligible immediate family members will have the opportunity to speak with a licensed, Master’s level counselor if a death occurs as the result of COVID-19. The AFT will pay covered counseling expenses1 for the insured and/or immediate family members. During the time in which the AFT is providing this benefit you have the opportunity to speak with one of our dedicated counselors via video, phone, or text.

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AFT-Maryland Stepping Up for Members

Union support is important for every worker on any job. During this global pandemic, that support becomes even more important. Locals from across the state federation, with support and guidance from AFT-Maryland, are working hard to meet the needs of members.

Special Health Insurance Enrollment Periods Extended

The Maryland Health Connection has extended the COVID-19 Special Enrollment Period to June 15 for uninsured Marylanders who need health coverage. In this crisis it is essential that uninsured Marylanders get coverage so that they can get the care they need -- for their safety, and for all of us.

Visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov or download the free “Enroll MHC” mobile app. Request or... CLICK TO READ 

Stimulus Package effects for members

While there is great uncertainty about so much during this time, your union is committed to bring you as much information as possible so working families can make the decisions they need to survive these times. The Stimulus package is large and robust and will affect AFT-Maryland members in a number of ways.

One area of confusion for some are the Stimulus checks many Americans will receive. Below, AFT-Maryland is providing a quick fact sheet to cover most of the basic information and FAQs around the checks.

STIMULUS CHECKS