The Maryland/District of Columbia AFL-CIO is joining the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) in calling on the president and the Congress to end the shutdown of the federal government. The unions are requesting that their members and the public call their congressional representatives at 1-888-775-3148 and tell them to “Stop the Lockout of Federal Employees.” The unions also are asking that people call the White House at 202-456-1111 and tell President Obama to “Stand firm—don’t’ negotiate away federal employees’ pay and benefits.” For more information on the telephone campaign
Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU) president Marietta English has called for a review and revision of the new Code of Conduct for Baltimore City schools. The new code allows students caught with weapons such as knives or guns to remain in school. Under the previous code, students who committed such infractions automatically were suspended or expelled. Rather than imposing such punishments, the new code requires school officials to impose community service requirements, deprive students of privileges, or to impose in-school suspensions. President English said that the teachers’ representatives on
The Baltimore Teachers Union (BTU) will sponsor its annual Quality Educational Standards in Teaching (QuEST) Conference October 18th at Clifton High School, 2801 Saint Lo Drive in Baltimore. This year’s QuEST Conference theme is “Reclaiming the Promise for Our Students and Schools.” Rob Weil, Deputy Director of Educational Issues for the American Federation of Teachers is scheduled as the conference’s keynote speaker. For registration information, contact the Baltimore Teachers Union, 410-358-6600.
Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees (BCFPE) president John Ripley reports that two of the federation’s members, Corporal Elischa M. Bryant and Corporal Gregory D. Miller, both employees in the Baltimore County Department of Corrections, have been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In announcing their promotions, Deborah J. Richardson, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Corrections, noted that both officers had committed themselves to the department’s philosophy and “had demonstrated the ability to take on responsibilities of supervising at the next level.”
AFT Healthcare-Maryland (Local #5197) and the Maryland Professional Employees Council (MPEC, Local #6197 held their first joint negotiation session with Secretary of State John McDonough and his team last month and presented the unions’ proposals for a new three-year bargaining agreement. The unions’ proposals were based on responses from members to a collective bargaining survey on AFT's Leadernet web site.
A second negotiation session has been scheduled for September 24th. At that time, management will respond to the unions’ proposals. Since the first negotiations session, the two unions have