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Young people especially want to know, “Why do we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Between 1955 and 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. helped change America.He brought to the world’s attention how unfairly African Americans …

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Md. Gov. Hogan’s first budget reins in rise in education spending, imposes agency cuts

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The Washington Post has a feature story about Gov. Larry Hogan’s first budget proposal.

Hogan asked lawmakers to dial back an existing formula that determines the amount by which state spending rises in local school districts. And he wants to cut in half additional funding slated to go to those jurisdictions where the cost of education is higher, including Montgomery and Prince George’s counties.

Those actions — estimated to save $143 million — are part of a plan to wipe out an inherited shortfall of about $800 million in the state’s $16.4 billion general fund in the coming fiscal year and to help pave the way for promised tax relief.

The education spending plan was criticized late Friday by the Maryland State Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, whose president, Betty Weller, said it would “lead to overcrowded classrooms, inadequate technology, and cuts to instructional materials, programs and positions.”

Full story is posted at www.washingtonpost.com.

Solidarity Forever Is 100 Years Old

“Solidarity Forever” – the most popular union song in America – just celebrated its 100th birthday. Sung at union meetings, rallies and on picket lines, “Solidarity Forever” has become the anthem of America’s labor movement.
The …

Montgomery County’s Priorities for the 2015 Session

Dear Neighbor,
As the Chair of the Montgomery County House Delegation, Montgomery County’s Priorities are my priorities. Below is a list of the County’s priorities. You can also find them on the Montgomery County Office of …

MIKULSKI, CARDIN ANNOUNCE ADDITIONAL $6.2 MILLION IN FEDERAL ENERGY ASSISTANCE FUNDING FOR MARYLAND FAMILIES WITH MODEST INCOMES

Senators fought for additional funding included in recently-passed Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act law, brings Maryland total to $68.3 million in home energy assistance
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both …

Public Safety Congress

Date: Friday, September 11 – September 13, 2015
Location: Hyatt Albuquerque, New Mexico
Event Type: Conference

International Executive Board Meeting

Date: Thursday, September, 10 – Friday, September 11, 2015
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Event Type: Executive Board Meeting

Nurse’s Congress

Date: Sunday, May 03 – Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Location: Hilton San Diego, CA
Event Type: Conference

United Domestic Workers Constitutional Convention

Date: Friday, March 20 – Saturday, March 21, 2015
Location: Sacramento, California
Event Type: Convention

International Executive Board Meeting

Date: Friday, March 20 – Saturday, March 21, 2015
Location: Washington, DC
Event Type Executive Board Meeting

Maryland Home Care, Child Care Providers Remain Resolute in Face of Supreme Court Ruling

Baltimore, July 1 – In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday on Harris Vs. Quinn, Glenn Middleton, President of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employee (AFSCME) Council 67, said that …

AFSCME Supports Raising Minimum Wage

MARYLAND NEEDS A RAISE – AFSCME Maryland Council 67 rallied in Annapolis Monday Feb 1st to support Governor O’Malley’s initiative to raise the minimum wage. Maryland’s minimum wage is currently just $7.25 per hour, roughly $15,000 per …

AFSMCE Maryland Council 67 Mourns the Loss of Brother Jim Bestpitch

For Immediate Release January 15, 2014
Baltimore, MD – AFSCME Council 67 mourns the loss of our dear brother Jim Bestpitch. Bestpitch, 62 was a Senior Staff Representative for AFSCME Maryland Council 67 for over 15 …

AFSCME’s Saunders: “It’s Time for Governing to Take Precedence over Partisan Posturing”

For Immediate Release
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Contact: Chris Fleming, 202-429-1145
Misguided Vendetta-Fueled Agenda to Repeal Affordable Care Act Must Be Stopped
Washington, DC —
AFSCME Pres. Lee Saunders issued the following statement today regarding the federal government shutdown.
“Radical tea-party Republicans pushed this …

AFSCME Women Gather in Denver to Strategize, Get Active and Get Inspired
AFSCME Women Gather in Denver to Strategize, Get Active and Get Inspired

They came to be inspired, and they inspired each other.
Nearly 800 women AFSCME members gathered at our National Women’s Conference this past weekend in Denver to learn from one another, develop new skills, and strategize …