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Welcome to the Labor Day weekend!

All of us at AFT-Maryland and our Local affiliates wish you a happy and healthy holiday. We hope you'll join us in taking the day to recognize the hard work and dedication of Maryland's workers.

We also hope you'll take a moment to visit the AFL-CIO's Labor Day 2014 web page. They remind us that "despite our sweat, sacrifice and innovations, too many families are struggling to make ends meet.

This is not an accident. The rise in political and corporate attacks on working people has meant that wages have declined or remained stagnant. Good jobs are scarce, unemployment still is unacceptably high and the greedy few have rigged the game to reap the gains in productivity at the expense of the working people who made those gains possible."

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The 2014 Conference of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) was held this year at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City Maryland. MCEA was well represented at this annual event with President Linda Day, Executive Director Jack Nelson, and Salisbury staff liaison Karen Coulbourne.

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AFT-Maryland staff representative, Michael Spiller, conducted a steward training held on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 for AFT Healthcare-Maryland. Click here to visit AFT Healthcare-Maryland's site.

The training took place on Springfield Hospital grounds and was attended by five new stewards. President Debra Perry spent the afternoon portion of the training talking with the new group.

The five new stewards are: Pam Neuberth, Christina Cappelletti, James O'Reilly, Yvonne Dowell, and Shirley Robinson-Keene.


For more photos, visit AFT-Maryland's Facebook page.


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On Thursday, August 21, 2014, AFT-Maryland partnered with the Family League of Baltimore and the Y of Central Maryland to put 1,200 books in the hands of students at Moravia Park Elementary School, through AFT-Maryland's partnership with First Book.



The Baltimore Teachers Union participated in the Baltimore City Public School System’s New Teacher Institute, August 11-15, at Digital Harbor High School. From

“The New Teacher Institute is an opportunity for teachers new to BCPSS to learn essential information and develop critical skills to begin teaching in the district.  Its purpose is to engage teachers in learning about district initiatives and expectations on curriculum, planning, and instruction to effectively meet the learning needs of all students and increase their achievement.”

BTU Field Reps were on hand to