Open Letter to Gov Hogan in Response to COVID-19

On Monday, April 6, 2020, AFT-Maryland sent this open letter to Gov. Larry Hogan regarding local and state public employees in the state of Maryland.

AFT-Maryland is a federation of public employees that represents nearly 20,000 workers across the state of Maryland. Our members work in the fields of education, public safety, healthcare and more.

For follow-up or interviews with any local union leaders of AFT-Maryland please contact: Ray Baker, Director of Communication, AFT-Maryland, rbaker@aftmd.org.

 

Maryland Senior Call Check Program

Maryland is the first state in the country to start a free, opt-in, telephonic service to check on Maryland’s older residents, all across the state.​ Click here to visit the Maryland Department of Aging website for more information.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
Every day a telephone call will be placed to a participant at a regularly scheduled time. These calls will take place between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. as close as possible to the one-hour time block pre-selected by the participant. If the participant does not answer their first call, they will be tried two more times. If those calls go unanswered, additional calls will be made to notify an alternative person who is ... CLICK TO READ

Childcare for Essential Personnel

Those who are are parents of young children probably know by now that the only childcare centers that are open in the state are those which have been approved to care for the children of those deemed essential personnel.

Congressional District 7 Special Election

Due to concerns regarding the outbreak and spread of the coronavirus which causes COVID-19, Maryland has made the District 7 special election a vote-by-mail-only election. This is to fill the seat vacated by the unfortunate passing of Rep. Elijah Cummings in the fall of 2019.

Kirwan Passes Both Chambers

The efforts to #flattenthecurve of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, meant that the General Assembly suspended the Maryland legislative session in mid-March and this has increased the speed at which the legislature has worked to pass their most important bills.

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.