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Lobby Night in Annapolis with AFT-MD

A reminder that the first AFT-Maryland Lobby Night in Annapolis will be Monday, January 29th. Buses leave the BTU at 5:15 pm. People wanting a seat on that bus will need to RSVP with Todd Reynolds—either via phone (443-320-4719) or treynolds@aftmd.org by Friday, Jan. 26th.

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Kirwan Commission Update

The Chair of the Kirwan Commission announced that he does not expect final recommendations from the Commission until after the 2018 session. However, there are still at least 3 commission meetings before the session begins, and the commission will issue at least a preliminary report to the 2018 state legislature. We are still hoping to push for our priorities on equitable and effective funding *this coming session*.

Opposition to the Republican Tax Bill

If the GOP’s tax plan passes, not only will it be bad for Maryland (taxes on a large portion of people in our state will go up to offset/pay for tax breaks for corporations), it will be bad for education professionals specifically because it removes the tax deductions we get for purchasing supplies for our schools.

Retention bonus win for AFT Healthcare-Maryland

After countless months of pressure on the state from AFT Healthcare-Maryland leaders and activists, the union has won a hard-fought victory for some members. The state has agreed to ensure retention bonuses and back pay to nurses in 24-hour facilities that have not already received it.

Union-Made Halloween Treats

Union Services Department Posted on 10/23/17.

What's sweeter than candy? Union-made treats! Below, you'll find several delectable goodies made by union members from the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), and United Farm Workers of America (UFW).

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Lobby Night, January 29th

Join AFT-Maryland and our members from the BTU, CUB, MCEA, MPEC, AFT Healthcare, BCFPE, and BCFPHN as we travel to Annapolis to talk with our representatives about our issues in the 2018 Legislative Session.

BTU QuEST Conference

The Baltimore Teachers Union held their 35th annual QuEST Conference and Health Fair. There were a number of breakout sessions, panels and conversations that all worked to give BTU members tools and resources to help them better serve their young people.

Members testify for prescription coverage for retirees

Two locals in the federation came together to let their voices be heard. City Union of Baltimore retirees joined with leadership and Baltimore Teachers Union retirees to testify at a city council hearing about changes to the prescription drug benefits plan for Baltimore city retirees.

Balt. County African American Cultural Festival

The 2017 Baltimore County African American Cultural Festival is an annual event that brings citizens of all walks of life to the center of county politics to observe, engage, and enjoy African-American culture.