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Weingarten: Educators must save democracy

“Teachers have always had power,” AFT President Randi Weingarten told the crowd at the TEACH opening plenary Thursday afternoon. “We need to own our power. And we need to build our power so we can move our agenda—for our students and our families; for safe, welcoming and well-funded public schools; for affordable higher education; healthcare that is a right, not a privilege; a living wage; a decent retirement; a healthy climate and a strong democracy.”

Successful Member Event

Thanks to all who attended our first event of the summer.  A good time was had by all.  We look forward to seeing more of you at our next event!

CUB Annual Membership Meeting 2019

The City Union of Baltimore hosted their annual membership meeting  on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, to update those in the union of all the ongoing affairs of the local. There was a solid attendance that filled most of the main room in the union hall. One of the strengths of the union is a strength of the city, and that is its brilliant diversity. That diversity was on display during the meeting. The meeting largely consisted of updates and reports.

Best economy ever?

In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column in the New York Times, she writes that, despite President Trump’s claims that we have the “best economy ever,” his policies are harming working and middle-class Americans, many of whom are struggling just to get by. “Our political and economic systems are so weighted toward the wealthy that opportunity will only come through the power of collective action,” she writes, using “the surest vehicles to increase opportunity for ordinary Americans”—public education, labor unions and voting. Read the full column.

CUB Statement on the death of employee at wastewater treatment plant

All of us here at the City Union of Baltimore are deeply saddened at the tragic death of Trina Cunningham. Beyond being a CUB member and faithful employee of the City of Baltimore, she was a wife, mother, sister, and daughter. Each of her colleagues spoke highly of her commitment and dedication to the job. It pains us that a person with so much life ahead of them dies so young and tragically.

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AFL-CIO Night at Camden Yards 2019

Join us for the annual AFL-CIO Night at Camden Yards, Friday, July 12, 2019 at 7:05 p.m. Baltimore Orioles vs. Tampa Bay Rays. Tickets cost $12.00.

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$3.00 of the price of the ticket will benefit Community Services projects, including the Food Pantry, Holiday Baskets and other services provided to members in crisis.

**** Tickets go on sale May 1, 2019 ****
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City Union of Baltimore
2117 N. Howard Street
Baltimore, Maryland  21217

 

Swearing-In Ceremony of 51st Mayor

City employees are invited to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony of the 51st Mayor, Bernard C. “Jack” Young scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the War Memorial Building, 101 N Gay Street, Baltimore, MD 21202. Doors will open at 12:30PM and the ceremony will begin promptly at 2:00PM. The ceremony should take approximately one (1) hour.

 

Early childhood support requires adequate staffing

Some of education’s biggest problems come with its littlest students. At a working breakfast for paraprofessionals in prekindergarten, early childhood and Head Start, members swapped strategies for solving problems. Their discussion came during the AFT PSRP conference last week in Las Vegas, where paras from all over the country zeroed in on professional development and adequate classroom coverage.

Scholarship Applications

Applications are available for the Sheila W. Jordan Scholarship program. Applications are available for pick up at the CUB office, 2117 N Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21218, and must be postmarked or hand-delivered by May 24, 2019 to be eligible. Contact the CUB office with questions: (410) 962-1492.