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Write your legislators. State Employee Pensions AT RISK!

That’s right. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has submitted a budget that calls for reducing the state’s contribution to the pension plan by $100 million dollars a year.

That’s not fair! Click here to tell your legislators to vote against cutting the state's contribution to the pension fund.

Two years ago, that state required you to increase your contribution to the employee pension fund. In return, the legislature promised to contribute $300 million per year to that fund. Now, Governor O’Malley is breaking that promise. There are several problems with the governor’s proposal:

Call Congress on Valentine's Day

CALL CONGRESS on Valentine’s Day.

Tell Members to STOP HEARTLESS CUTS.

OPPOSE BENEFIT CUTS to Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid

CLOSE LOOPHOLES for Wall Street and the richest 2% of Americans and CANCEL SEQUESTRATION

Join us at LOBBY NIGHT

 

AFL-CIO union members will gather in Annapolis February 11th for AFT-Maryland Lobby Night. SIGN UP HERE.

 

Participants will gather at the AFT-Maryland office, 5800 Metro Drive, in Baltimore to board buses bound for the state capitol. Buses will leave at 4:45pm, and a lite dinner will be served on the bus.

All participants will receive...

Visit the AFT Legislative Action Center

Make your views known to those in Congress and state legislatures who represent you on the issues that affect working families every day.  Click here to visit the AFT's Legislative Action Center.

President English speaks at Union rally in support of Question 7

Union members and leaders gathered at a rally on Oct. 4, 2012 in support of Question 7, the ballot question that will add a sixth casino in Prince George's County. AFT-Maryland and the Baltimore Teachers Union were represented, along with the Maryland/DC AFL-CIO and the United Auto Workers. The UAW represents casino workers in New Jersey, Michigan, Ohio and Connecticut. (1090AM WBAL)

President English spoke at the rally (see video here), saying "A vote for Question 7 is a vote for more money for Maryland schools."

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AFT-Maryland partners with GOTV Coalition

AFT-Maryland is proud to be one of the Partners in the Maryland Voter Registration & Get Out The Vote Coalition. Other partners include AFT, AFSCME Maryland, Baltimore Teachers Union, MD/DC AFL-CIO, NAACP Baltimore & Maryland, and many more.

Volunteers have been canvassing local businesses and communities in an effort to raise election awareness and to register voters for the upcoming election.

Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day, and our volunteers will be out there again, doing great work!

For info:

MD Voter Registration & GOTV Coalition | Ph: 410.269.1940 | marylandregisterandvote@gmail.com

 

Collective bargaining referendum on Ocean City, Md., ballot

The folks who keep the town of Ocean City, Md., running—beach sweepers, boardwalk crews, bus drivers, recreation staff, clerks, trash collectors and more—just want to be heard. Thus far, they’ve made their voices clear enough to win a place on November’s ballot, where voters will decide whether city general staff should have the right to collective bargaining.