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The signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the State of Maryland and AFT Healthcare-Maryland, AFT, AFL-CIO Local 05197 for the period between Jan. 1, 2024 and Dec. 31, 2026 is available for members to view on our website, as well as on  

Click here for the links to the document. 

Randi Weingarten at a Massachusetts high school

Summer is upon us, and parents, children and teachers are winding down from what has been an exhausting and fully operational school year—the first since the devastating pandemic. The long-lasting impact of COVID-19 has affected our students’ and families’ well-being and ignited the politics surrounding public schools. All signs point to the coming school year unfolding with the same sound and fury, and if extremist culture warriors have their way, being even more divisive and stressful.


What unions do


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.

Below are the links to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the State of Maryland and AFT Healthcare-Maryland Local 5197 for the period 2021 through 2023, and the amendment to the MOU signed December 2021.

Memorandum of Understanding 2021 through 2023  

Amendment to MOU


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We will have a presentation of changes to the contract with an opportunity for members to ask questions at the meeting.