The federal government shutdown threatened the livelihood of more than 800,000 federal workers and even more contractual staff that includes cooks, janitors, maintenance workers, and more. Locally, Marylanders were especially hard-hit. This is why the leadership of Metro Baltimore Council AFL-CIO was so necessary. The unions joined with the Maryland Food Bank to ensure furloughed federal workers had a decent meal for their households while partisan and often xenophobic politics withheld their work and pay.
Metro Baltimore AFL-CIO President Jermaine Jones thanked the AFT for their contribution to that day and for the role they play in helping the Metro Baltimore AFL-CIO be a strong institution in the central Maryland labor community.