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January 22, 2015

Contact: Ray Baker, (410) 764-3030

Baltimore, MD - AFT-Maryland President, Marietta English, has released the following statement on the occasion of the inauguration of Maryland Governor Larry Hogan:

"I commend and congratulate Mr. Hogan on being sworn-in as Maryland's 62nd governor. The entire AFT-Maryland family looks forward to working with the governor on a range of issues including providing the best schools and teachers for Maryland families as well as ensuring fair wages and benefits for the state employees that make Maryland work. 

I also want to thank


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Join AFT-Maryland as we visit Maryland's elected leaders and make the case for workplace safety, equitable education funding, protecting due process rights for teachers, and legislation for corporations to pay their fair share of taxes.


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[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"26536","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image media-image-right","style":"width: 30%; float: right;","typeof":"foaf:Image"}}]]Following a tumultuous election season which saw a reshuffling of the makeup of the state legislature and Governor’s mansion, union leaders are anticipating a challenging legislative session—especially for public school teachers and staff, as well as state employees—set to begin today, January 14th.

While Governor-elect Larry Hogan has been mum on specific legislation he wishes to pass and budget decisions he plans to make, most foresee possible cuts to education in key jurisdictions like Baltimore City, as well as a loosening of the restrictions placed on charter school management, as key legislative battles looming in Annapolis over the next 90 days.


The Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees, Local #4883 held their 2015 Open House on Tuesday, January 13th at their offices in Towson, MD. BCFPE members and allies gathered throughout the day to share food and fellowship with their fellow union brothers and sisters. AFT-Maryland president, Marietta English, along with other AFT-Maryland staff, stopped by with their best wishes for a successful 2015 for the local. Read more about the event at

Click here for more photos from the event on our Facebook page.


Leaders and staff from AFT-Maryland locals attended the 24th Annual Leadership Conference of the Metropolitan Baltimore Council AFL-CIO.

The conference was held January 7-9, 2015 in Atlantic City, NJ. AFT-Maryland was represented by activists from the Baltimore Teachers Union (#340), BCFPE (#4883), City Union of Baltimore Aft (#800), AFT Healthcare-Maryland (#5197), Maryland Classified Employees Association, Inc. (#1935), and AFT-Maryland (#8018).

Among other programs and speeches, participants attended workshops on workers' compensation hearings, best practices in fair representation, the Union