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In 2011, the Maryland State Legislature passed a pension reform bill which made changes to retirement benefits to control state costs.  Employees were required to increase their contribution to the pension plan from 5% to 7%, without any increase in monthly allowance in retirement.  The legislation created a lower benefit level for employees hired after July 1, 2012.  The sixteen years an employee must work to qualify for health benefits in retirement was extended for new hires.  The bill also eliminated prescription drug benefits for retirees age 65 or older effective January 1, 2020.  The


This Memorandum of Understanding, or MOU, is the written contract between the State of Maryland and State Employees in Bargaining Unit E, Healthcare Professional employees.  It defines roles, responsibilities and rights of each party as they relate to employment, working conditions and benefits. All members of Bargaining Unit E are protected under this agreement.

Click here to download a copy of the 2015-2017 MOU for Unit E.

Your Weingarten Rights

Weingarten rights guarantee an employee the right to Union representation during an investigatory interview. These rights, established by the Supreme Court, in 1975 in the case of J Weingarten Inc., must be claimed by the employee. The supervisor has no obligation to inform an employee that s/he is entitled to Union representation.

Read on for more on this important information.


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

Adopted 09/29/2012

Please see the attached document.

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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


AFT Healthcare Maryland held our annaul member meeting virtually, we discussed issues of vacciniations, essential status, legislative activities and much more. You can find a link to the power point presentation that we went over, here.


We concluded negotiations with the Department of Budget and Management regarding budget reductions effecting our members.  The agreement includes the following:

  1. The 2% COLA for FY 21 will be eliminated for bargaining unit E members
  2. The $500 tuition and training reimbursement program will be discontinued
  3. Beginning on 8/12/20 leave time will no longer be treated as work time for the purposes of earning overtime for FY 21
  4. Beginning on 1/1/21, the State will no longer pay more than the negotiated health benefits premium percentages.  The State will revert to contributing 80% of the premium charge for

Field Coordinator Rose Wertz of AFT Healthcare testified in front of the Board of Public Works regarding budget cuts on behalf of our members. Find her letter here:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3