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Leadership of the Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees took time out of their Christmas celebrations with their own loved ones, to deliver presents to county public safety personnel that worked on Christmas Day. President John Ripley donned a Santa costume (beard is all his own however) to spread good cheer to those working. The union prepared care packages leading up to the holiday that Santa and his helper, Mrs. Mary Ripley, delivered to public safety workers helping to keep us safe. It wasn’t the first time that President RipleyClaus made an appearance. This year at the County

The Memorandum of Understanding between the Baltimore County Administration and the BCFPE Local #4883 for FY2022-FY2023 is available on the county website. Click through for the link. MORE

The locals that serve members in Baltimore county were out and about engaging public employees. Union Day was a success as the Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees and the Baltimore County Federation of Public Health Nurses met members and prospective members at their worksite to have conversation around the benefits of joining the union and recent updates to union contracts. Organizers Frank Pratka and Janell Edmonds manned tables in a 3rd floor break room on Friday November 22nd at the Drumcastle County Government Office. 

Pratka said the union day was an opportunity to get out and

On June 3, 2021 at the scheduled BCFPE Executive Board Meeting and September 1, 2021 General Membership Meeting, membership were notified of the pass thru dues increase for both the state and national federations. The pass thru dues increase totals $1.47 per pay making the BCFPE dues deduction a total of $25.43 per pay effective September 1, 2021.   Please note that dues have not been increased by the local since 2016 and the $1.47 increase is accumulative of all deferred scheduled increase by AFT-Maryland and AFT National since 2016.  American Federation of Teachers (National) provides research, publications, mobilization support, recruitment material, annual auditing, local support, and a host of other membership benefits. AFT-Maryland provided the leadership and guidance for local negotiations. AFT-Maryland has made some of BCFPE's issues priority legislation in Annapolis and given organizing assistance to promote local autonomy. AFT-Maryland remains committed to ensure BCFPE's Local success. MORE

On November 14, 2019, the BCFPE Executive Board voted unanimously to appoint Brother Philbert Christian and Sister Graceann Rehbein to vacant Area Vice President positions on the board, for the remainder of the current term.

Brother Christian has been an active BCFPE member since joining county services over five years ago. Brother Christian also brings with him many decades of union experience, including being an active retired member of our sister union, City Union of Baltimore (CUB) and served on an Executive Committee for Antigua and Barbuda Union of Teachers (ABUT). Brother Christian will


Contract Ratification Vote Results

Sisters and Brothers,

I am pleased to report that the BCFPE FY2022/FY2023 Contract Ratification Voting has ended and membership ACCEPTED the proposal by a vote of 98.9%

Special thanks to everyone who took the time to vote!


John Ripley, Union President
Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees
305 W. Chesapeake Ave., Suite L - 30
Towson, Md. 21204
Office # 410-296-1875
Fax # 410-296-1879