AFT-Maryland members and staff spent the first half of the summer engaging fellow union members on the 2022 Maryland primary election. Labor endorsed a number of candidates for state and local offices. AFT-Maryland members volunteered their time and efforts leading up to election day to canvass fellow union members to inform them about the particulars of this year’s off-schedule primary and the new laws about voting in Maryland.
Members phone banked and participated in labor walks, supporting Get Out the Vote efforts (GOTV) for the union-endorsed candidates in collaboration with the Maryland and DC AFL-CIO. In addition to the work to enhance voter turnout, others from AFT-Maryland worked on election protection. Those who served in this capacity helped ensure Marylanders’ sacred right of the vote was protected. Members and staff who participated received training and materials from Everyone Votes Maryland, who coordinated the effort. If you’re interested in participating in election protection for the upcoming general election in November, contact AFT-Maryland Political Coordinator Todd Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org or (443) 320-4719.
GOTV and election protection efforts are the product of the AFT-Maryland Committee on Political Education, or COPE. Each AFT-Maryland union has their own COPE committee that members can be involved with. If you’re interested in being involved with your union’s COPE committee, please contact your union.