With the election season coming to a close, AFT-Maryland looks back at the work the state federation and its members have done to bolster democracy, and amplify the voices of working professionals in Maryland through the electoral process. Public employees are in a unique position when statewide elections come around because it is a chance to express their opinions on elected leaders who shape their workplace. AFT-Maryland recognizes the particular role we play as a state federation bringing together public employees who work in a number of sectors and for state and local governments. Our work then, is to provide members with as much information as possible for them to make an informed decision, so their union can speak with one collective, democratic voice. CLICK TO READ > > >
Following the election of Wes Moore to be Maryland’s 63rd Governor, AFT-Maryland President Kenya Campbell released this statement on behalf of the state federation. I am so happy that Maryland has made history electing the first African-American Governor, as well as the first Indian-American Lieutenant Governor, in the state’s history. The Moore-Miller team ran a campaign promising to leave no Marylander behind and we look forward to working with them to better our communities and ultimately our state. While excited about the election of the Moore-Miller ticket, we at AFT-Maryland recognize the real work begins now. CLICK TO READ > > >
AFT-Maryland, as part of the AFL-CIO, has announced its list of Endorsed Candidates for the 2022 Primary Election. After a long process by which candidates completed questionnaires, interviewed with AFT-Maryland members, and visited worksites where our members are employed, AFT-Maryland members made their voice known in the house of labor who they believe will be the best candidates to stand up for public education and provide state, county, and city residents with the best services they can. For the full list of endorsed candidates, CLICK HERE FOR
The AFT-Maryland prepared a questionnaire for candidates running for office as a means to familiarize the candidates with issues that our members care about most. It also allows us the chance to see where the candidates stand on these issues.
The candidates for Governor in Maryland want to talk to YOU - the members of the unions of AFT-Maryland. This is your chance to interact with the major candidates for governor and to learn their positions on issues that matter to you and your work.
AFT-Maryland is hosting Candidate meet-and-greet events via Zoom for AFT-Maryland Union members only. Rather than the typical candidate forum, where all the candidates are in front of the members at once, each individual candidate will get significant time to interact directly with our members who are Education Professionals and who are Public
AFT-Maryland Political Coordinator Todd Reynolds briefed the Political Committee on all of the upcoming political news and information at their March meeting. Much of the meeting was spent discussing the Metro-Baltimore AFL-CIO endorsement process and what candidates were endorsed or considered for endorsement by the AFL-CIO. The major races in 2020 are in Baltimore city and the city unions were represented at the committee meeting. In attendance were representatives from CUB, BTU, and AFT-Maryland.
Beyond the endorsement process, Reynolds explained what get out the vote (GOTV) efforts
The AFT-Maryland prepared a questionnaire for candidates running for office in Baltimore City as a means to familiarize the candidates with issues that our members care about most. It also allows us the chance to see where the candidates stand on these issues.
AFT-Maryland locals participate fully in the endorsement process of the Metropolitan Baltimore AFL-CIO Council; the council will announce its final endorsements sometime in late February 2020. However, because we are a large contingency within the Baltimore AFL-CIO, the unions of the AFT-Maryland have a heavy influence on who Labor
AFT-Maryland will be holding a Mayoral Candidate Forum for members of our locals. Join with fellow members of AFT-Maryland for a Mayoral Candidate Forum. Hear from the various candidates for Baltimore City Mayor as they share their visions for the future of the City. Be there to ensure the candidates know our members’ priorities. Help us decide who to support for the AFL-CIO Endorsement.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 12th TIME: Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Event runs from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. WHERE: Hearing and Speech Agency,
5900 Metro Drive, Baltimore, MD 21215
Whether at the bargaining table or the ballot box, the American Federation of Teachers provides a vehicle for working people and our communities to build collective power and accomplish what cannot be achieved alone. The more involved our members are, the stronger our collective voice is and the more effective our political role becomes.
With the 2020 presidential election underway, our members’ voices need to be heard. That is why the AFT executive council approved a presidential endorsement process that aspires to include the greatest level of participation of AFT members ever. Together, we
AFT-Maryland COPE (Committee On Political Education) is a fund composed exclusively of voluntary contributions from union members that is used to help support pro-union candidates for elected office. Members must assert that they allow this contribution to be used so that the union may assist candidates who share our values and concerns in running for elected office.
COPE funding is separate from member dues. No dues dollars are contributed to political candidates.
If a candidate who has won the AFL-CIO endorsement or the endorsement of an AFT-Maryland union asks