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AFT-Maryland 2018 State Convention Wrap-Up

The AFT-Maryland held their Triennial Constitutional Convention the weekend of April 20th. The convention celebrated the theme Standing on the Shoulders of Labor Giants: Fighting for Our Future. It featured remarks by labor leaders in and around Baltimore, including Donna Edwards, President of the Maryland State and D.C.

Union Night Rally in Annapolis

Hundreds of union members took to Lawyer’s Mall in front of the Maryland State Capitol to show the power and strength of labor. The Metropolitan Baltimore AFL-CIO convened the sea of solidarity. The locals of AFT-Maryland were in attendance and their voices were heard and their presence felt. The federation was acknowledged and received shout outs from a number of elected officials.

Among the politicians who addressed the crowd were... Click to read 

Celebrating Women's History Month

In honor of Women's History Month, AFT-Maryland has been acknowledging women in the federation who are leaders in their local unions and in the labor movement.

This month, we've honored

AFL-CIO Union Night in Annapolis April 2

Come join with your sisters and brothers in Labor April 2, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. for Union Night in Annapolis at Lawyer’s Mall.

Bus will leave from AFT-Maryland, 5800 Metro Drive, 21215, at 5:15 p.m. and return from Annapolis at 9:00 p.m. Food and soft drinks will be served on the bus.

After the mass labor rally, we will lobby our legislators on important issues facing public employees, teachers, and PSRPs in Baltimore and across the State of Maryland.

Some of our issues include:

  • Education Funding & the Kirwan Commission
  • Ending Wage Stagnation and instituting competitive pay for Public Employees
  • Fighting proposed conversions of the Teacher and State Employee Retirement System from a Pension to a 401(k) plan
  • Solving the staffing crisis in state governmental agencies
  • Defending the right of public employees to unionize and participate in their unions

TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT:
Contact Todd Reynolds at treynolds@aftmd.org 

or call (443) 320-4719 

 

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Maryland Fight for $15

As a federation of public sector labor unions, the AFT-Maryland is committed to fair wages for all of its members. That commitment extends to the entire collective of Maryland workers. That’s why the AFT-Maryland has signed on and supports the Maryland Fight for 15. This call to raise the minimum wage for all workers to $15.00 per hour.

BTU Members testify against Guns in Classrooms

Following the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, communities and legislatures across the country are trying to develop ways to ensure student and teacher safety in the school building. One suggestion brought forth in the Maryland House of Delegates was a bill allowing teachers and educational staff to be armed.

Labor Union Women: Karen Heppner

Karen Heppner has demonstrated the type of leadership and activism that would make any union member proud. She has been a registered nurse working for the state of Maryland at the Eastern Shore Hospital Center for over 20 years. When the state refused to pay the negotiated retention bonus to nurses at her facility, she led the fight to force management to honor the contract. She organized nurses at her facility, where a class action complaint was filed, which led to a decision in the union’s favor from an independent arbitrator.

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Labor Union Women: Tiffany Walker

Tiffany Walker is employed with the City of Baltimore as Community Liaison I with the Department of Public Works. Mrs. Walker was elected as Secretary for CUB in October 2010. She served two terms before being elected Executive Vice President in October 2016. She has since moved to working as a CUB Labor Relations Specialist to better serve the membership. Tiffany has always been active within the union serving as a delegate as well as on several committees such as the COPE, Personnel, Social, and Constitution and By-laws committees. She was chairperson of the COPE committee and has remained active on this committee to this day.

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