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Statement on May Day from AFT-Maryland President Marietta English

On this day, AFT-Maryland reflects on the many contributions organized labor has made in this nation and across the world. We remember the sacrifices made by so many women and men to ensure workers have fair wages and decent working conditions.

We also remember... 


The AFT-Maryland held their Triennial Constitutional Convention the weekend of April 20th. The convention celebrated the theme Standing on the Shoulders of Labor Giants: Fighting for Our Future. It featured remarks by labor leaders in and around Baltimore, including Donna Edwards, President of the Maryland State and D.C. AFL-CIO as well as Jermaine Jones, President of the Metropolitan Baltimore AFL-CIO.

Leaders from years past were not only mentioned but celebrated. Delegates and guests heard from AFT National Secretary Treasurer Dr. Lorretta Johnson, who reminded the audience that the people


[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"52817","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","style":"width: 100%; margin-top: 3px; margin-bottom: 3px;"}}]]Hundreds of union members took to Lawyer’s Mall in front of the Maryland State Capitol to show the power and strength of labor. The Metropolitan Baltimore AFL-CIO convened the sea of solidarity. The locals of AFT-Maryland were in attendance and their voices were heard and their presence felt. The federation was acknowledged and received shout outs from a number of elected officials.

Among the politicians who addressed the crowd were... Click to read 


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On this solemn day, we remember a man who was not only a leader for racial but also economic equality; a man who in his last days walked with and campaigned for the dignity of public employees; a man of the cloth who committed himself to the labor movement.

As the president of a state federation that represents more than 20,000 public employees, the sacrifices of this great man are not lost on me or any of the members of our federation.  Though we'll always be sad that Dr. King did not get to live a long life, see his children grow up, and play with his grandchildren, we will forever be indebted to him for being the vocal conscious of this nation, calling on it to live up to every promise of equality.



In honor of Women's History Month, AFT-Maryland has been acknowledging women in the federation who are leaders in their local unions and in the labor movement.

This month, we've honored

Click on the links to read more about these outstanding women in the Maryland labor movement. 


LaKebra Clark is a paraprofessional educator at Pimlico Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore, MD. She is also a committed and loyal member of the Baltimore Teachers Union. Her passion for young people is high and that is evident in the work she does going above and beyond her duties to meet the needs of the students in her school. This school year she organized a shoe drive so the children of her school could have a basic need that unfortunately so many of them went without.

She was also a pivotal and instrumental member of the BTU’s “Bringing Back Baltimore” or B3 Campaign, which brought back