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After being snowed out in early February, leaders and selected members of AFT-Maryland locals gathered in Annapolis for their annual legislative reception. At this event, members and leaders interact with Delegates and state Senators in a light-hearted social affair. While the mood is light-hearted, business is always on the menu. Each year, union leaders discuss the bills and issues important to their membership and get caught up on the progress of legislation that will affect their union.

This year, the reception was rescheduled for a Monday in mid-March. Unfortunately it was also the day


Come join with your sisters and brothers in labor for

Union Night in Annapolis
Monday, March 25th, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Meet on the Southeast Lawn
at the corner of Bladen & Calvert Streets
Annapolis MD 21401

Limited bus seating is available, leaving from AFT-Maryland/BTU at 5:15 p.m. (5800 Metro Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215).

RSVP to hold your seat by FRIDAY, 3/22:
Todd Reynolds,, (443) 320-4719. Food and soft drinks will be provided on the bus.

Be sure to wear your union shirts, jackets, hats, etc.!

Sponsored by the Metro Baltimore Council AFL-CIO


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AFT-Healthcare Maryland is responsible for facilitating labor-management committees (LMCs)


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