Voting Starts Today!

Stop by the AFT table on your campus to get coffee, snacks, and "PINs for ALL" and "I voted AFT" stickers and union swag after you vote!


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We're Voting YES for AFT!

Our local union, the Maryland School for the Deaf Faculty and Staff Association, Local 4828, believes we should have a union with Collective Bargaining Rights!

Our Organizing Committee (the OC) has been collecting videos from MSD employees on why they agree that we all need collective bargaining rights for a fair and equitable workplace. 

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Voting for democracy and a better life

In the leadup to the midterm elections, pundits predicted a red wave, even a tsunami, based on polls, historical precedent, and steep gas and grocery prices. But I had my doubts. I spent the weeks before the elections talking to voters and traveling on the AFT Votes bus, rolling through a dozen states with more than 50 stops. In a year when kitchen table issues, democracy and our freedoms were on the ballot, many people told me that the elections came down to a choice between, on the one side, election deniers and extremists stoking fear, and on the other, problem-solvers working to help the country move forward. Many races were close, but Americans turned the tide from a red wave to a swell of support for progress and problem-solvers. Read the full column here.

MSDFSA Files for Union Election for Democracy in the Workplace

Over 300 teachers, speech language pathologists, dorm counselors, and other faculty and staff of the Maryland School for the Deaf filed paperwork today with the Maryland State Labor Relations Board demanding an election that could grant the workers collective bargaining rights.

For years, members of the Maryland School for the Deaf Faculty and Staff Association (AFT-Maryland Local 4828, AFT, AFL-CIO) have appealed to school administrators and Governor Hogan to restore step increases and make efforts to recruit and retain a more diverse workforce, but their pleas have been ignored. If these state employees win their election, it will mean administrators and state officials must meet with the workers and negotiate in good faith over pay, benefits, and working conditions at the school.

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Sharing more pathways to student debt relief

As the landscape of student debt shifts, and more and more opportunities allow borrowers to have their debt relieved, the AFT is using every avenue to ensure that the word is out. In affiliate meetings, telephone town halls, media coverage and social media, the union is spreading the news, and at a student debt clinic at AFT headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 31, AFT President Randi Weingarten vowed to reach as many people as possible with information that could save them tens—and sometimes hundreds—of thousands of dollars.