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YOUR HARD WORK HAS PAID OFF! SB 639 & SB 693 were not vetoed by Governor Hogan and despite him not signing the legislation it  will go into effect July 1st. This is a huge win that we all worked on together. This shows the power of union solidarity and how effective the union can be when everyone pulls together. A big thank you to everyone who sent letters, went to Annapolis,  talked with legislators, testified on behalf of themselves and their coworkers. Most importantly, thank you to everyone who followed up. We know agitating one time won’t get anything done. But you all showed the


Here is some information for our members regarding the states polices on COVID-19

1. Frequently Asked Questions

2. Building Entry Protocol 

3. Revised Flu/Pandemic Policy

4. FMLA and EPSL FAQ's 


[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"66821","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image","height":"750","style":"width: 680px; margin-top: 5px; margin-bottom: 5px;","width":"1500"}}]]AFT Healthcare-Maryland is committed to advocating for all of our members in a range of ways. One way we do this is by being active and engaged with the Maryland General Assembly during the legislative session. Being state workers, the General Assembly is a vital resource we use to make our workplace and our work conditions better for our membership. Click here to see how AFT Healthcare-Maryland advocated for our members in Annapolis recently around the legislation that would affect of staffing and pay equity.


All members of bargaining unit E should have received a ballot to ratify the amendment to the MOU.  Due to the delay in mailing, we have decided to extend the deadline for receipt of the ballots.  Therefore, we will count ballots on Friday, March 6, 2020 at 4:30 pm in the office located at 7127 Rutherford Road, Windsor Mill, MD  21244.  All ballots received by regular mail by 4:30 pm on March 6, 2020 will be included in the count.  Any questions should be directed to Rose Wertz at


Charge nurses and physicians took to Annapolis to lobby legislators for better pay. As it is, physician clinical specialists do not receive the same pay as psychiatrist clinical in a given state facility. AFT Healthcare-Maryland, which represents physician clinical specialists, are working hard to ensure our members who do comparable work receive comparable pay. This is important because quality pay ensures decent and necessary staffing. Properly staffed facilities can help ensure the safety of staff and enhance the quality of service our members provide.

In addition, the union advocated for


Negotiated wage increases for fiscal year 2021 are as follows:

  • 2% Cost of Living increase effective January 1, 2021;
  • $500 bonus effective January 1, 2021 if revenues exceed budget projections by $75 million;
  • Art, Music and Dance Therapist classifications will receive a 4 pay grade increase with existing employees receiving a 6% increase;
  • Art, Music and Dance Therapist classifications at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital will receive an additional 1 pay grade increase with existing employees receiving a 12% increase;
  • Dentist classifications will receive a 1 grade increase with existing employees receiving a 6% increase;
  • Pharmacist classifications will receive a 2 grade increase with existing employees receiving a 6% increase;
  • The grade increases are effective July 1, 2020 and are in addition to the COLA and bonus effective January 1, 2021.