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The Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU) will sponsor its annual Quality Educational Standards in Teaching (QuEST) Conference October 18th at Clifton High School, 2801 Saint Lo Drive in Baltimore. This year’s QuEST Conference theme is “Reclaiming the Promise for Our Students and Schools.” Rob Weil, Deputy Director of Educational Issues for the American Federation of Teachers is scheduled as the conference’s keynote speaker. For registration information, contact the Baltimore Teachers Union, 410-358-6600.

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Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees (BCFPE) president John Ripley reports that two of the federation’s members, Corporal Elischa M. Bryant and Corporal Gregory D. Miller, both employees in the Baltimore County Department of Corrections, have been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In announcing their promotions, Deborah J. Richardson, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Corrections, noted  that both officers had committed themselves to the department’s philosophy and “had demonstrated the ability to take on responsibilities of supervising at the next level.”


AFT Healthcare-Maryland (Local #5197) and the Maryland Professional Employees Council (MPEC, Local #6197 held their first joint negotiation session with Secretary of State John McDonough and his team last month and presented the unions’ proposals for a new three-year bargaining agreement. The unions’ proposals were based on responses from members to a collective bargaining survey on AFT's Leadernet web site.

A second negotiation session has been scheduled for September 24th. At that time, management will respond to the unions’ proposals. Since the first negotiations session, the two unions have


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Staff and members of the City Union of Baltimore (CUB, Local 800, pictured to the right), Maryland Professional Employees Council (MPEC, Local 6197) and Maryland Classified Employees Association (MCEA, Local 1935) had their photos taken with supportive signs, collected by AFT to be shared with the workers in the effort in South Korea.

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AFT-Maryland/BTU President Marietta English addressed attendees at the educational town hall meeting, “Diversifying the Nation’s Teacher Workforce,” held on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., last week. Speaking during a panel discussion, President English told conference attendees that money alone would not attract new teachers.

"We have to go beyond salaries, benefits and working conditions," President English said. She stated that opportunities for professional development and collaboration with other teachers also needed to be a part of contract negotiations.  The


Every year on April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew union efforts for safe workplaces.

The struggle continues in this country to create good jobs that are safe and healthy and to ensure the freedom of workers to form unions and, through those unions, to speak out and bargain for respect and a better future.

Download a fact sheet about Workers Memorial Day here.

Materials that support Workers Memorial Day, including fact sheets, fliers, and stickers, can be obtained from the AFL-CIO website, Workers


Working America, AFL-CIO's community affiliate, is launching a new site,, where workers will have a resource for getting  more information and where they can raise concerns about workplace issues—privately.

For the site to be successful, more information needs to be collected about people who work. Workers are encouraged to take a few minutes to answer some quick questions about their current or last job and to fill out the quick survey to share your story of work and to make sure becomes a powerful tool to support workers.



AFT Healthcare and AFT Public Employees will sponsor their 2013 Joint Conference April 25-27 at the Hilton Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

Under the theme “Solution Driven Unionism,” the conference will feature workshops and presentations on topics of interest to healthcare professionals such as Status Report: National and State Initiatives Resulting from The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, New Roles for RNs and Other Healthcare Providers, Addressing and Preventing Substance Abuse in Healthcare Workers, Best Practices in Safe Patient Handling, and Preparing for Joint Labor


After winning a 107-30 vote in the Maryland House of Delegates last week, the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee unanimously passed the Baltimore City School Construction bill March 27.  

Members of the AFT-Maryland legislative team testified March 26 before the Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, supporting the legislation that would finance new school construction in Baltimore. Modified by legislators, the bill now proposes only $1.5 billion for new school construction.

Originally the bill proposed $2.5 billion for that purpose. The new version of the bill also eliminates the creation of a