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The Maryland Professional Employees Council (MPEC) and AFT Healthcare-Maryland discovered that several union members who worked during Hurricane Sandy as essential employees were not compensated according to the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and COMAR (Code of Maryland Regulations). 

Such workers should have been paid two hours for each hour worked and should have been credited with two days of compensation time for each day worked. Several state departments failed to compensate employees correctly.

MPEC President Maria Mathias and AFT Healthcare-Maryland President Debra Perry


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Charter Constitution and Bylaws
Local 5197 - AFT Healthcare-Maryland, AFT, AFL-CIO

Adopted 09/29/2012

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September 17, 2012, update on the  AFT Healthcare-Maryland Convention.


BCFPE President named to chair Baltimore County's Health Care Review Committee

On Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at the meeting of the HCRC, John Ripley was named the new chair of the committee.  The committee serves as the bargaining agent for Baltimore County employees' healthcare benefits under each of the MOU for the six bargaining unions and SMC (supervisory, managerial & Confidential group).  This is the first time since the committee has been formed that the president of the Fire union hasn't been the chair.  It is John's committment to the employees of Baltimore County that has lead to this opportunity. John fortitude will be tested immediately since the county has presented changes to the committee already and tied them to the ratification of new MOU's.

An open letter to Maryland State Governor Martin O'Malley from AFT-Maryland President, Marietta English.

The letter expresses concern and disappointment with the inability of our political leaders to reach agreement over our state budget. 23 counties and the city of Baltimore will lose over $260 million, with the impact hitting hardest in areas that are most reliant on state revenues and that can least afford the reductions.

Everyday people will be affected in every way.