We need your help to move Senate Bill 452 / House Bill 773, the Correctional Officers Bill of Rights (COBR). The COBR hearings are completed, and we now need to ask the Baltimore County Delegation to call for a vote to support S.B.452/H.B.773, the Correctional Officers Bill of Rights:
The AFT, in partnership with the Albert Shanker Institute and the AFT Innovation Fund, is accepting applications for the second annual $25,000 Prize for Solution-Driven Unionism, which honors the most innovative, inspiring examples of collaborative work by our state and local affiliates.
In response to reports that some supervisors are denying employees proper representation, Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees (BCFPE) president John Ripley wants members to know that union representation is their right. President Ripley says that it is important that union members know it is their responsibility to request to have a representative present during an interview with a supervisor. Ripley reports that some supervisors are denying an employee representation, by saying that a meeting is a “Fact Finding," not an investigatory inquiry.
AFT-Maryland staff and affiliate members journeyed to Wichita, Kansas, March 9-14 for a week of intensive training in the AFT organizing model and to help the Kansas Organization of State Employees (KOSE) identify potential activists and recruit new union members. The AFT-Maryland volunteers joined union members from Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, and Kansas in the joint organizing effort, which was launched as a part of the “Reclaiming the Promise of High Quality Public Services for Strong Communities,” an AFT national initiative."
The AFT launched its national campaign to reclaim the promise of high-quality public services during a visit to Kansas, which, like too many other states, has slashed taxes for corporations and the wealthy while cutting and privatizing public services.