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In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times  column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.

The BCFPE membership voted to approve the FY2021 contract by a 94.1% vote, guaranteeing no layoffs, no furloughs, and guaranteed funding of steps and longevity. These guarantees are not promised to our State Union brothers and sisters who potentially face:

  • Permanent elimination of PINs (jobs)
  • 5% Loss in Wages and Benefits
  • Elimination of previously negotiated salary increases and cost-of-living adjustments
  • Greater employee contribution to their health insurance plans (which translates to a cut in take home pay)
  • Adjusting rules to limit when workers qualify for overtime pay

Source: Unions: Hogan admin


Baltimore County Public Employees hired after 2007 are getting long needed relief thanks to the work of the Baltimore County Labor Health Care Review Committee. John Ripley, President of the Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees and an AFT-Maryland VP at-large, served as the chair of the committee. The committee worked to remedy the bifurcated healthcare plans adversely affecting those hired after 2007. When asked what this means, President Ripley simply replied, “this is a great win for labor!”

Under the old plan, county employees hired after 2007 were paying more than $3,000 more


RATIFICATION VOTE 06/18/2020. Please see the attached copy of the results from the ratification vote which took place between June 16-18, 2020. The vote was facilitated through ElectionBuddy, Inc. and based on the results, the BCFPE contract was ratified by 94.1% vote. Thank you to everyone who participated in the contract ratification.


A big thank you to everyone who took the time out of their schedules to attend Wednesday's General Membership Meeting (May 22, 2019). The meeting minutes are posted here; click through to see the meeting notes. If you have any questions, you can contact the union office at (410) 296-1875.

Join BCFPE for the AFL-CIO UNION NIGHT at CAMDEN YARDS, Friday, August 19, 2022 at 7:05 p.m. to see the Baltimore Orioles vs. the Boston Red Sox. Discounted ticket sales for BCFPE Members!  $27 Tickets for $12 $29 Tickets for $20 $48 Tickets for $30 BCFPE TICKET SALES CONTACT: Contact your Area Vice President or President John Ripley via email. CLICK FOR FLYER, INFO, and MORE