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Faculty at Hagerstown Community College to Unionize with AFT Maryland

Faculty at Hagerstown Community College have declared their intention to unionize and affiliate with American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Maryland. Earlier today, faculty members and AFT Maryland officials filed unionization cards with the Maryland Public Employees Labor Relations Board. Once certified, the faculty will be a part of the United Academics of Maryland - Hagerstown, affiliated with the AFT Maryland, AFT, AAUP, and AFL-CIO. This effort continues AFT’s engagement with organizing higher education workers. The organizing has taken off since AFT and AAUP affiliated in 2022. Unionization provides faculty with an organized body to participate in the decision making process of the college. Many longtime faculty members are excited about a chance to collaborate with administrators to demonstrate their knowledge and move Hagerstown Community College forward. 



Resident physicians and fellows at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) delivered a petition to the President and CEO of the institution declaring their intention to form a union and expressing their desire to begin collective bargaining. This action follows years of organizing efforts. The residents and fellows will unionize with AFT Maryland who currently represents a number of health care professionals throughout the state.

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Community college faculty continue to assert their power in the workplace by joining a union. Full time faculty at Chesapeake Community College filed paperwork declaring their intention to form a union with the Maryland Public Employee Labor Relations Board. This comes after years of faculty organizing with support from AFT Maryland. Faculty at the college will join United Academics-Maryland, a union affiliated with AFT Maryland. The affiliation with AFT Maryland builds on the historic affiliation with AAUP and AFT, which took place at the AFT Convention in Boston in 2022.

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Faculty at community colleges across Maryland are choosing unionization as the best way to secure democracy in the workplace. Higher education professionals at Prince George’s Community College joined the ranks submitting paperwork declaring their intention to form a union with the Maryland Public Employee Labor Relations Board. This is the fruit of intense organizing efforts among the professors at the institution and AFT Maryland. Faculty had a rally celebrating their unionization and looking forward to collective bargaining. 

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Higher education workers from across the University of Maryland System as well as St. Mary’s College and Morgan State University rallied today calling on the Maryland General Assembly to pass legislation enabling collective bargaining for full time faculty and graduate workers at public institutions across the state. Collective bargaining would improve wages, create certainty around courseload, define work schedule and responsibilities and bring much needed educator voice to shaping the direction of Maryland’s four year institutions. Joining activists to make that case were state elected leaders such as Del. Linda Foley (D-15), as well as Sen. Ben Kramer (D-19), Sen. Clarence Lam (D-12), and Sen. Sarah Elfreth (D-30).

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See below for a statement from AFT-Maryland President Marietta English on the election of Delegate Adrienne Jones to Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates.



AFT-Maryland joins with the entire state in mourning the passing of Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch. He was a life-long servant of the citizens of Maryland and a friend to labor and education.

His leadership in the Maryland House of Delegates has been beyond remarkable. He ensured that no matter what was happening statewide, students and teachers wouldn't be sacrificed. He also made sure state workers had a voice in policy that affected them.

We will miss his leadership, kind smile, and warm personality. Our deepest and sincere condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult


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Decision Won’t Stop Union Growth as Workers Organize to Give Voice to Shared Values

Baltimore, MD—The Supreme Court’s decision, in the case Janus v. AFSCME invalidates state laws allowing labor unions to collect fees from everyone in a bargaining unit, including non-members, to pay the costs of bargaining and other representation the union is required to provide.

Marietta English, president of AFT-Maryland which represents over 20,000 public sector workers across the state of Maryland including teachers, nurses, correctional officers, 911 call operators, and other municipal and state professionals, predicted that the decision ultimately will lead to greater member engagement and activism.



Statement from AFT-Maryland President Marietta English
on the passing of Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz

AFT-Maryland is shocked beyond words to hear of the passing of Kevin Kamenetz. Beyond politics, this was a man dedicated to Baltimore County, who was lost too soon. From his days as a county councilman to his time as county executive, he put the county first despite how others may receive it. He was a true friend.

We mourn with his family, all of Baltimore County, and the state of Maryland at the loss of such a pivotal figure in Maryland politics.  


The AFT-Maryland is considering which candidate for governor to endorse, and is soliciting the opinions of its members. The state federation sent a questionnaire to the Democratic nominees for governor getting answers on a range of questions related to public sector labor unions.

The respondents provided answers to a number of topics including Kirwan Commission recommendations, public sector union protections, budget priorities, school vouchers, and more.

The AFT-Maryland will use the input of members following their review of the candidate questionnaire and an ensuing survey that members will