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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