What unions do

In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest New York Times  column, she describes what it is exactly that unions do. Though unions are the most popular they have been in decades, anti-union sentiment still thrives in red states and across the nation. “Several years ago, The Atlantic ran a story whose headline made even me, a labor leader, scratch my head: ‘Union Membership: Very Sexy,’” Weingarten writes in the column. “The gist was that higher wages, health benefits and job security—all associated with union membership—boost one’s chances of getting married. Belonging to a union doesn’t actually guarantee happily ever after, but it does help working people have a better life in the here and now.” Click through to read the full column.

2022 Negotiations End

The MPEC bargaining team reached an agreement with the state on December 31st for FY 2023.

All eligible employees will receive a step increase in July 2023 or January 2024, based on the hire date.

All eligible employees will also receive a 2% cola beginning July 2023, which the bargaining team negotiated in the previous year.


Collective power: As a dues-paying member of MPEC, you help build collective power for you and your colleagues across the state. In every fight for better pay, safe work environments, and respect in the workplace, we have more leverage when we have more members. When we have collective power, we can win new raises, protect our rights and benefits, and provide better services to our communities.

Defend your rights on the job: Stewards and active members who know their contract are the best way to defend and enforce our rights in the workplace. Become a dues-paying member to gain dignity and respect and stand against contract violations. 

Influence on Maryland and workplace policy: Only as a full union member can you vote or run for local union elected office, join or create your worksite Labor Management Committee (LMC), or assist in introducing favorable public employee legislation in Annapolis.    

Member benefits: As a dues-paying member, you receive no-cost benefits such as; professional liability & life insurance and a tuition-free online college program available to you and your family members. You also gain access to AFT Plus member-only benefits. This includes student loan assistance, mortgage and home services, and discounts on a wide variety of services and products like car rentals, healthy dinners, and Dell computers.


A torrent of censorship

Nearly 250 years since our country’s founding, some Americans are still attempting to restrict others’ basic freedoms. In Florida and elsewhere, censoring books is part of larger efforts to exert greater control over and undermine education.



Join other MPEC members from across Maryland for the 2022 MPEC Annual Meeting Monday, December 19, @ 12 noon. This meeting will provide updates on the current economic negotiations and review the business of the union, including reports from our Executive Officers.

*This meeting is open to dues-paying members only.