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After a hard-fought campaign, Governor Larry Hogan has announced he will release the $68 million set aside to maintain the 2 percent salary increase—one that was negotiated and finalized last year by public employee unions and the state—for state employees. This was initially a point of contention between the Governor and state workers but his recent announcement has improved the relationship tremendously.

Several local labor leaders weighed in on Gov. Hogan's decision:

"Our members are pleased that Governor Hogan decided to do the right thing and honor the agreement that was negotiated between

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Maryland Senate voted unanimously Thursday for the state’s $40 billion budget.

For the full article, visit The Washington Post. Excerpts follow:


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At the Area IV Advisory Council meeting in February, Mike Keeney reported that the Voluntary Separation Program (VSP) has been announced. This is an effort to encourage employees to retire. 

Click here to view the VSP documentation.

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AFT-Maryland joins the Metropolitan Baltimore Council AFL-CIO for their annual Night in Annapolis: Monday, March 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

This event provides an excellent opportunity for labor and elected officials to exchange ideas. We need you, your co-union members, family, and friends to make this a success. Be sure to wear your union jackets, shirts, and hats.

Monday, March 23, 2015
Lawyer's Mall
College Avenue at Rowe Boulevard

AFT-Maryland will provide buses for state & city employees, teachers, families, and community members to attend this rally. Buses will leave Baltimore from the AFT

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Last chance to fight the 2% pay cut for public employees!
Last chance to save Public Education Funding!
Rally against the Governor’s Budget, March 16th

The Senate and House of Delegates are in the most critical stages in determining the state’s operating budget. This is our last chance to make our voice heard to save education in Baltimore City! And this is our last chance to make our voice heard to fight against Governor Hogan’s 2% pay cut to public employees!

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