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On June 22, 2014, William Corbin, Area Vice President Baltimore City Health Department, joined other CUB members and the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) rally outside of Staples in Eastpoint Mall.

Staples is attempting to operate a pilot program of post offices inside their stores. If this passes, instead of your mail being handled by current trained, skilled, qualified, uniformed mail carriers and counter workers, your mail will be handled by Staples employees inexperienced in handling mail, lower paid, without benefits. Imagine your mail being handled by a cashier or stock person

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On June 16, 2014, the City Union of Baltimore joined its sister union, the Baltimore Teachers Union, on the steps of the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS) to rally the unfair evaluation process being conducted by the school system.

While CUB feels it is important to stand with our brothers and sisters at BTU, we have also taken action. The City Union of Baltimore filed  a class action grievance regarding similar evaluations concerns of its members. We are currently waiting a date from BCPSS to hear our concerns. CUB is requesting that any CUB represented employee that have concerns

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Delegates from theCity Union of Baltimore joined hundreds of locals from around the country at the AFT National Convention in Los Angeles, California July 10-14, 2014.

Convention delegates attended workshops and meetings, served as participants on committees that make recommendations regarding amendments and resolutions to the AFT Constitution and Bylaws, vote on issues related to public services, education, political action, human rights, women’s rights, collective bargaining, labor and economy, and health. Delegates also vote on proposed dues increases. This event allows CUB to have a unified

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City Union of Baltimore representatives Antoinette Ryan-Johnson, Diane Elliott, Maxine Holmes, and Pauline Fayall attended the Paraprofessional and School Related Personnel (PSRP) conference in Orlando, Florida, April 10-13, 2014. Committed to “Reclaim the Promise” they attended multiple workshops, participated in group activities, gathered information and resources to share with members and the community. This annual event sponsored by the AFT proved beneficial to all.

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It is CUB’s commitment to continually provide its stewards with the tools, resources and information necessary to better serve its members. In this effort, training was provided to the stewards on May 8, 2014. The training, conducted by Delores Powell, Executive Assistant and assisted by Janell Edmonds, AFT-Maryland and Maxine Holmes, labor representative focused on the roles and responsibilities of the union steward. The “Labor History” was presented by AFT Staff member Amy Buhruth. This was just the beginning of ensuring the stewards are well qualified, equipped and eager to provide quality

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Article 9 of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) states: “Disciplinary action may be imposed upon employees only for just cause.” What is “just cause”? In 1962, an arbitration case set the precedent for determining whether discipline is warranted. This case, “Enterprise Wire Co, 46LA362” established 7 tests or standards for “just cause” as follows:

  1. NOTICE – Does the employee know of the rule, was he forewarned or had knowledge of the rule and the consequences for violating such rule?
  2. REASONABLE RULE – Is the rule reasonably related to the efficient, orderly and safe operation of the employer’s
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