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The AFL-CIO has announced their list of Labor-Endorsed candidates for the 2018 Primary election. The list includes endorsements for state-wide races as well races for state senate, state house of delegates, and local and county-wide races.

MD State & DC AFL-CIO Endorsements

Local races, Metro Baltimore AFL-CIO

Local races, Metro Washington AFL-CIO

Early voting for the Primary Election occurs from June 14-21, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Visit for your voting location and more. 

The Maryland primary election will be held Tuesday, June 26th.


The AFT Healthcare Maryland held a steward training at their headquarters on Rutherford Road. This gathering of new union activists show that the commitment to democracy in the workplace is alive and well. The local welcomed more than a dozen members interested in being a voice for their fellow workers in the workplace. At the training, the members learned and developed a number of ways to best advocate for public sector workers.

In light of the Janus decision soon expected from the Supreme Court, every example of democracy in the workplace shows the will of the worker is not defined by a


Following intense lobbying by AFT Healthcare-Maryland, Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk sent a letter to Secretary of Health Robert Neall, inquiring about understaffing at state psychiatric hospitals. The union thanks Del. Melnyk for her followup and will continue to monitor the discussions between the delegate who is a member of the Health and Government Operations committee and the Maryland Department of Health. 

During the legislative session, union activists and staff made presentations to Del. Melnyk detailing the work conditions and the effects of understaffing. She understood their position


The Maryland/DC Alliance for Retired Americans held a statewide meeting at the Baltimore Teachers Union. The group gathered to discuss a number of issues pertinent to members of the organization. Retirees from the City Union of Baltimore and the Baltimore Teachers Union made up a significant number of those in attendance. Retirees from other AFL-CIO unions including AFSCME and SEIU were also in attendance.

The group discussed a number of issues including health care costs as well as the upcoming Maryland election season. Members had a chance to review the AFL-CIO recommendations and


A hallmark of any union is member engagement. That can come in many ways. For the Baltimore Teachers Union, one way it comes is through the AFT/BTU Teacher Leaders Program. This program engages BTU members through ways to conduct research, learn more about unionism, and be better teachers for the students of Baltimore city.

At the end of every school year, the teachers who participate in the program share their research and conclusions. This year was no different, but one thing that did make this cohort group unique were the number of speakers and presenters who met with them throughout the


Statement from AFT-Maryland President Marietta English
on the passing of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

AFT-Maryland is shocked beyond words to hear of the passing of Kevin Kamenetz. Beyond politics, this was a man dedicated to Baltimore County, who was lost too soon. From his days as a county councilman to his time as county executive, he put the county first despite how others may receive it. He was a true friend.

We mourn with his family, all of Baltimore County, and the state of Maryland at the loss of such a pivotal figure in Maryland politics.