While public employees are eligible to work without having to pay money to a union, the state of Maryland has passed laws limiting this right. Maryland has over 200,000 public employees that are represented by unions, totaling 28.1% of all public employees. Some public employee information may only be shared with the union, the associations have specific designated time to meet with employees to pressure them to join and some unions may attempt to enforce opt out “windows.” If you run into any problems, please contact our legal team here.
The main public employee unions in Maryland are the Maryland State Education Association (NEA), the Maryland Federation of Teachers (AFT), and AFSCME (for local government employees). Maryland’s teachers and educational staff make up more than 90,000 of the public employees represented by unions.
Some other facts you might not have known about public sector unions in Maryland:
- In preparation for the Janus decision, Maryland legislators passed a bill this spring requiring new teachers to meet with a union representative within 30 days of their hiring or by their first pay period.
- The Maryland State Education Association has made more than $1 million in political contributions to candidates and PACs in the last eight years.
- Approximately 30,000 Maryland state employees are represented under collective bargaining contracts.