Labor unions are a team, just like the Baltimore Orioles, and on a humid Friday night in July Baltimore’s team of working people, the Metro Baltimore AFL-CIO, went to Camden Yards to cheer on Baltimore’s baseball team. Metro Baltimore AFL-CIO President Courtney Jenkins threw out the ceremonial first pitch at “union night”. Although rain delayed the start of the game, rain can never dampen the fighting spirit of union members.
AFT-Maryland was well represented at the game by staff and members of our various locals. Members from the Baltimore Teachers Union Local 340 (BTU), Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees Local 4883 (BCFPE), Maryland Professional Employees Council Local 6197 (MPEC), Baltimore County Federation of Public Health Nurses Local 5102 (BCFPHN), and the City Union of Baltimore Local 800 (CUB) were all in attendance to cheer on the Orioles.
AFT-Maryland President Kenya Campbell understands how important activities to build camaraderie are for organizations such as labor unions. “We always have a good time at union night at Camden Yards. It is great to see the entire AFL-CIO family out in unison celebrating solidarity among the labor family. It is particularly special to see the strong showing of AFT-Maryland at the game. We have a broad constituency of workers and it was great to see us out on one accord all rooting for the O’s,” said Campbell.
This year the Metro Baltimore AFL-CIO had over 4,000 union members and guests in attendance. As for the game, the Orioles hit three homeruns, including two by second baseman Adam Frazier, as they defeated the Miami Marlins 5-2.
Article: AFT-Maryland Staff
Photos courtesy Metro Baltimore AFL-CIO