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Graceann Rehbein has been an employee of Baltimore County Government for nearly 28 years and has been an active member of Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees for 12 years. In addition to her active membership, she is a dedicated COPE contributor. Graceann has served as a Delegate, as a Steward, and on the Election Committee for BCFPE.

Beyond her work for her union, Graceann is a political and community activist who volunteers in organizing community events. Because of her community work she was awarded the Good Neighbor Week Award in 2009.

Women's History Month celebrates the great


Statement from AFT-Maryland President Marietta English on the Great Mills High School Shooting

“It is heartbreaking to once again hear of a school shooting, this time here in Maryland at Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County. The entire federation’s main concern is for the safety and welfare of the students and staff of Great Mills. ...

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Bus will leave from AFT-Maryland, 5800 Metro Drive, 21215, at 5:15 p.m. and return from Annapolis at 9:00 p.m. Food and soft drinks will be served on the bus.

After the mass labor rally, we will lobby our legislators on important issues facing public employees, teachers, and PSRPs in Baltimore and across the State of Maryland.

Some of our issues include:

  • Education Funding & the Kirwan Commission
  • Ending Wage Stagnation and instituting competitive pay for Public Employees
  • Fighting proposed conversions of the Teacher and State Employee Retirement System from a Pension to a 401(k) plan
  • Solving the staffing crisis in state governmental agencies
  • Defending the right of public employees to unionize and participate in their unions

Contact Todd Reynolds at 

or call (443) 320-4719 


For an event flyer, click here.


As a federation of public sector labor unions, the AFT-Maryland is committed to fair wages for all of its members. That commitment extends to the entire collective of Maryland workers. That’s why the AFT-Maryland has signed on and supports the Maryland Fight for 15. This call to raise the minimum wage for all workers to $15.00 per hour. This wage will allow families living on the edge or near poverty to begin to climb the ladder of social mobility.

On Thursday, March 8, 2018, the Maryland Fight for 15 Coalition held a press conference in advance of a hearing in the Maryland state Senate. The


Following the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, communities and legislatures across the country are trying to develop ways to ensure student and teacher safety in the school building. One suggestion brought forth in the Maryland House of Delegates was a bill allowing teachers and educational staff to be armed. There were a number of supporters for the bill, but few more compelling than hearing from teachers and students themselves.

Following testimony from Montgomery County Public Schools students, teachers from Baltimore City Public Schools gave


[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"52707","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image media-image-right","style":"width: 20%; height: 20%; float: right;"}}]]Karen Heppner has demonstrated the type of leadership and activism that would make any union member proud. She has been a registered nurse working for the state of Maryland at the Eastern Shore Hospital Center for over 20 years. When the state refused to pay the negotiated retention bonus to nurses at her facility, she led the fight to force management to honor the contract. She organized nurses at her facility, where a class action complaint was filed, which led to a decision in the union’s favor from an independent arbitrator.