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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2013
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown's gubernatorial campaign picked up another labor endorsement Saturday, after the Maryland and Washington branch of the AFL-CIO voted to back him. Fred Mason, president of the union, pointed to Brown's defense of collecting bargaining rights, work to boost the minimum wage and support for public schools as reasons for the endorsement. "Anthony Brown is a proven fighter for Maryland's hard working families," Mason said in a statement. The union represents about 300,000 workers in Maryland across a number of industries and said it plans to roll out its members to campaign for Brown and his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2014
Dyane Fancey, a prominent poet in Baltimore's arts community who also worked in the city school system and at a popular Mount Vernon restaurant, died April 13 of heart failure. The Hampden resident was 63. Born Diane Margaret Fancey in Washington, D.C., Ms. Fancey was the daughter of active labor union workers, and developed a feisty and rebellious attitude at an early age, replacing the "i" in her name with a "y" in order to distinguish herself from the other girls in her high school who shared her name and dotted the "i" in their names with hearts.
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By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2010
The head of the AFL-CIO is urging Constellation Energy Group not to exercise an option to sell some of its nonnuclear power plants to its French partner, EDF, for up to $2 billion, and "walk away from its investment" in the proposed third nuclear reactor at Calvert Cliffs in Southern Maryland. In a letter Tuesday to Baltimore-based Constellation chief executive Mayo Shattuck, AFL-CIO president Richard L. Trumka said a move to exercise to the option "will undermine the long-term value of Constellation.
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By Michael Dresser | October 28, 2013
The Maryland and District of Columbia AFL-CIO has thrown its support behind Sen. Brian E. Frosh for the Democratic nomination attorney general, giving the Montgomery County lawmaker a potentially important boost in his primary contest. The labor organization -- whose union affiliates represent an estimated 200,000 Marylanders -- made the endorsement over the weekend, choosing Frosh over Dels. Jon Cardin of Baltimore County, Aisha Braveboy of Prince George's County and C. William Frick of Montgomery.
BUSINESS
By STEPHEN FRANKLIN and STEPHEN FRANKLIN,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | August 10, 2006
In an agreement that might have seemed impossible not so long ago, the AFL-CIO announced in Chicago yesterday that it was forming a partnership with the nation's largest network of day laborer work centers. The deal between the labor federation and the Los Angeles-based National Day Laborer Organizing Network marks organized labor's growing embrace of migrants as an allied force and immigration reform as a key rallying cause. The AFL-CIO and the day laborers vowed to work together on a number of issues, including targeting abusive employers, driving up low wages and fighting for immigration reform, especially on behalf of the nearly 11 million undocumented workers in the United States.
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By JACK GERMOND & JULES WITCOVER | June 16, 1995
WASHINGTON -- AFL-CIO President Lane Kirkland's retirement in the face of a strong insurgency doesn't necessarily guarantee the demise of the Old Guard that has dominated organized labor going back to the iron-fisted days of George Meany, the man Kirkland succeeded 16 years ago.The parallel decision of Kirkland's right-hand man, Tom Donahue, to change his own mind about retirement and bid for the labor federation's leadership can yet throw a monkey wrench...
NEWS
June 22, 1994
Del. Theodore J. Sophocleus has won the endorsement of the AFL-CIO's Baltimore Metropolitan Council in his race for the Democratic nomination for county executive.A committee of representatives from several local unions interviewed prospective candidates for county executive, county councils and state legislative offices for two weeks and made recommendations at a meeting of the council Thursday. Endorsements are based on questionnaires, interviews and voting records.George F. Bachman, a Linthicum Democrat, and Carl G. "Dutch" Holland, a Pasadena Republican completing his first term on the council, were the only incumbents to win AFL-CIO endorsement.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | March 14, 2002
An internal panel of the AFL-CIO has ruled that the American Federation of Teachers can't compete with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in union elections at the state's public universities. AFT had been vying with AFSCME for the votes of professional, nonfaculty employees under a new state law allowing bargaining by nonfaculty at the state's public campuses. But the internal board found that the employees were a more natural fit with AFSCME. More than 4,000 service and office workers have voted to be represented by AFSCME.
NEWS
January 6, 1991
AFL-CIO union members and their families may attend free classes to brush up on reading, writing and math skills or work toward earning aMaryland High School Diploma by preparing for the GED exam. Classes are individualized and self-paced to meet each student's needs.Classes will be offered from 4:15 to 6:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 14, at the Hickory I Complex, 2220 Ady Road, in Bel Air.To join a class, students must attend a registration session scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the Hickory I Complex.
NEWS
By Ginger Thompson | July 19, 1991
Although Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke withheld negotiated pay raises from city employees this year, AFL-CIO leaders yesterday "voted with their minds and not their hearts" to endorse him over Clarence H. "Du" Burns in this year's race for mayor."
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | October 26, 2013
Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown's gubernatorial campaign picked up another labor endorsement Saturday, after the Maryland and Washington branch of the AFL-CIO voted to back him. Fred Mason, president of the union, pointed to Brown's defense of collecting bargaining rights, work to boost the minimum wage and support for public schools as reasons for the endorsement. "Anthony Brown is a proven fighter for Maryland's hard working families," Mason said in a statement. The union represents about 300,000 workers in Maryland across a number of industries and said it plans to roll out its members to campaign for Brown and his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2013
Brenda J. Clayburn, a founder and later president of the City Union of Baltimore who was also a longtime city Police Department supervisor, died Sunday of undetermined causes at her Northwest Baltimore home. She was 63. "She had recently been sick, and we are waiting the results of an autopsy," said her daughter, Shirley Y. Cooper, who lives in Baltimore. "I was very saddened to learn of the passing of Brenda Clayburn. Brenda was a strong advocate for the thousands of city employees she represented, and she cared deeply for their welfare," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement Monday.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | November 23, 2011
Occupy Baltimore protesters have asked city officials for permission to remain in an Inner Harbor park until April, according to an application submitted to the city. Protesters delivered applications for permits to use the park to both Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and the Recreation and Parks Department, a mayoral spokesman said Wednesday. The president of the Maryland and District of Columbia chapter of the AFL-CIO union sent a letter to Rawlings-Bake calling on her to allow the protesters to remain.
BUSINESS
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2010
The head of the AFL-CIO is urging Constellation Energy Group not to exercise an option to sell some of its nonnuclear power plants to its French partner, EDF, for up to $2 billion, and "walk away from its investment" in the proposed third nuclear reactor at Calvert Cliffs in Southern Maryland. In a letter Tuesday to Baltimore-based Constellation chief executive Mayo Shattuck, AFL-CIO president Richard L. Trumka said a move to exercise to the option "will undermine the long-term value of Constellation.
NEWS
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2010
The Metropolitan Baltimore Council AFL-CIO has endorsed Democratic Baltimore County executive candidate Kevin Kamenetz, who defeated Joseph Bartenfelder in a spirited primary contest on Tuesday. The influential union, which had backed Bartenfelder during the primary campaign, wasted little time in switching its allegiance to Kamenetz, the 52-year-old county councilman from Owings Mills who will now face Republican Kenneth C. Holt in the general election. "We look forward to having a dialogue with Kevin and working to get him elected the next County Executive and making Baltimore County not only a great place to live but also a great place to work," Ernie Grecco, president of the Metropolitan Baltimore Council, said in a news release Friday.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2010
Baltimore County Council member Joseph Bartenfelder's campaign for county executive got a lift Thursday night as members of the Metropolitan Baltimore Council AFL-CIO, representing thousands of workers in more than 184 locals, voted to support and make working for him a "priority" in his race for the Democratic nomination against chief opponent and fellow council member Kevin Kamenetz. Baltimore City State's Attorney Patricia C. Jessamy also got the nod as she tries to hold off a Democratic primary challenge from former federal prosecutor Gregg Bernstein.
NEWS
By JACK W. GERMOND and JULES WITCOVER | September 26, 1997
PITTSBURGH -- The scene at the Convention Center seemed more like an old-fashioned religious revival meeting than an AFL-CIO convention as it opened under the command of president John Sweeney, who took over from labor's old guard two years ago in an insurgent movement.New union members from around the country marched up to the podium and gave personal testimony about their successful labor organizing fights in a host of professions and industries, many of them long-resistant to any union presence.
NEWS
August 20, 2003
Bernard W. Tassler, a former managing editor of the AFL-CIO monthly magazine The American Federationist and part-time copy editor at The Sun, suffered cardiac arrest and died Aug. 13 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. He was 92. Mr. Tassler was born on a farm in Vernon, Conn., and raised in Hartford, Conn., and New York City. After graduating from high school at age 15, he attended New York University at night for two years while working as a copyboy for an advertising agency. During the 1930s, he became active in the labor movement and joined the Newspaper Guild in 1934.
NEWS
May 30, 2008
The Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union #486 A.F.L.-C.I.O, announces with deep regret the death of retired brother, ROBERT C. RUSSELL Larry E. Vinck
NEWS
By John Fritze | July 21, 2007
The Metropolitan Baltimore Council of AFL-CIO Unions - which represents about 175,000 workers in the region - endorsed the incumbents in this year's race for mayor and City Council president, according to statements released by campaign officials yesterday. The umbrella association of 189 unions voted Thursday to support Sheila Dixon for mayor and Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake for the top job in the City Council - a decision that will likely bring significant numbers of volunteers to both candidates as the Sept.
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