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By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2013
With a little more than two weeks to go before a contract extension between East Coast and Gulf dockworkers and port operators expires, the federal mediator said Thursday that progress is being made toward a long-term settlement. George Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, said the International Longshoremen's Association representing 14,500 union members and United States Maritime Alliance, which represents 14 ports and shipping companies, met between Tuesday and Thursday, and have agreed "that the negotiations will continue under our auspices.
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By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Johns Hopkins Hospital and the labor union that represents 2,000 service workers ended contract talks without an agreement Tuesday night, despite intervention by the governor. The talks were the first since members of the 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East labor union called off a four-day strike last week after Gov. Martin O'Malley asked the two sides to take a one-week cooling-off period. No new bargaining date has been scheduled, but neither side has said it will suspend negotiations.
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SPORTS
By Mike Preston | March 3, 2012
There could be change for the Ravens this offseason, especially with former defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano becoming head coach of the Indianapolis Colts. With Pagano in Baltimore, there were only two other AFC head coaches who knew the Ravens system and the value of certain players. But both New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and Cincinnati's Marvin Lewis have been joined by Pagano.  There will be a bidding war, or at least threats, on several of the Ravens other unrestricted free agents.
NEWS
By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Friday was the last day of school for Howard County students and staff, but protracted contract talks between the school system and the teachers union are headed for summer session. The one-year agreement between the system and the Howard County Education Association expires June 30, and on Friday the union filed a declaration of impasse with the Maryland Public School Labor Relations Board. The impasse could trigger mediation and, ultimately, binding arbitration in a dispute that has lasted much of the school year.
SPORTS
April 4, 2012
A day after Ray Rice broke the silence about his contract status by saying he had outplayed his rookie deal, Ravens general manger Ozzie Newsome agreed with the Pro Bowl running back and indicated that he is happy with the progress the organization has made in long-term contract talks with Todd France, the agent for Rice. But Newsome said Wednesday at the team's annual draft luncheon that a potential holdout is something that he and other team officials always discuss before designated a player as their franchise player, including Rice.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2012
A day after Ray Rice broke the silence about his contract status by saying he had outplayed his rookie deal, Ravens general manger Ozzie Newsome agreed with the Pro Bowl running back and indicated that he is happy with the progress the organization has made in long-term contract talks with Todd France, the agent for Rice. But Newsome seemed resigned that Rice would sit out offseason workouts, saying that a potential holdout is something that he and other team officials always discuss before designating a player as their franchise player.
SPORTS
By Jamison Hensley and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2000
The Ravens are trying to reach closure on left tackle Jonathan Ogden's contract extension, as both sides will continue to talk over this weekend. Marvin Demoff, Ogden's agent, and Pat Moriarty, the team's chief negotiator, have exchanged several proposals, and the team reported yesterday that progress has been made. But the Ravens wouldn't commit to having a deal reached in the next few days. One Internet report speculated that the extension could be worth close to $28 million over four years and include a signing bonus in the $12 million range.
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2012
Talks have broken down between the union representing nearly 15,000 East Coast and Gulf longshoremen and the group representing shippers and port operators, with little more than a week to go before their contract expires. Meeting Tuesday in Newark, N.J., with a federal mediator, the United States Maritime Alliance rejected a proposal by the International Longshoremen's Union to extend the talks until Feb. 1. "The ILA wanted to say 'Happy New Year' with a contract extension to Feb. 1, 2013, but United States Maritime Alliance ... answered with a resounding 'Bah Humbug,'" the union said in a statement.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Johns Hopkins Hospital and the labor union that represents 2,000 service workers ended contract talks without an agreement Tuesday night, despite intervention by the governor. The talks were the first since members of the 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East labor union called off a four-day strike last week after Gov. Martin O'Malley asked the two sides to take a one-week cooling-off period. No new bargaining date has been scheduled, but neither side has said it will suspend negotiations.
SPORTS
By Vito Stellino and The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2000
Marvin Demoff, the agent for Ravens Pro Bowl offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden , said yesterday that Ogden is likely to sit in on the start of the negotiations for a new contract. "He's not the type of person who'd say, 'Go bring me the numbers and then we'll talk about it.' He'll participate from the beginning. I might like to have him in there at the beginning so he'd get the flavor of what they're really thinking," he said. Demoff, who said he talked with Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens' vice president of player personnel, at the NFL meetings yesterday, said he expected the talks to take place between the end of the draft and the start of training camp.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 12, 2014
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said Monday he wouldn't be engaging in contract extension talks with any players during the season -- meaning the future of pending free agents J.J. Hardy , Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis will be on hold until after this season ends. “We're not going to be exploring any extensions during the season. We are focused on the club during the season,” Duquette said. “Once the season starts, I think it benefits the team and the players and the fans to keep the focus on the field and the players on the field.” In May 2012, Duquette reached a six-year contract extension with center fielder Adam Jones.
NEWS
May 1, 2014
Like many at Johns Hopkins Hospital, I have been closely following the contract talks between management and the hospital's 2,000 union caregivers ("Hopkins, union to begin negotiating again," April 23). Everyone who cares for patients at Johns Hopkins knows how hard our union colleagues work and how essential they are. That's why it's been troubling to learn that many of them are struggling with low pay - pay that's actually below the federal poverty level in many cases. Hopkins has made significant contributions to the surrounding community, but there's been a long history of strained relations as well.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2014
After an investigation that revealed missing money and questionable financial practices, officials of a national longshoremen's union are considering seizing control of a Baltimore chapter — a move that could complicate contract negotiations at the port. According to an internal committee report of the International Longshoremen's Association obtained by The Baltimore Sun, a "trusteeship hearing" in Baltimore found that money was missing from accounts of ILA Local 333. It also found that union debit cards were used for nonunion expenses.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
When a three-day strike by local longshoremen forced the 718-foot CCNI Antofagasta to sail out of the port of Baltimore without unloading its container cargo, the effects rippled across the country and overseas. Several shipping lines scrambled to reroute dozens of Baltimore-bound containers north again after the ship brought them back to Cartagena, Colombia, according to documents obtained from the Maryland Port Administration through a Maryland Public Information Act request. Chicago customers expecting to reuse Antofagasta containers emptied in Baltimore instead had to order them by rail from Savannah, Ga. The Antofagasta burned nearly 40,000 tons of additional fuel to make up for lost time and arrive on schedule at the Panama Canal.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
Three days have come and gone at these winter meetings and the Orioles have yet to make an acquisition, but it doesn't appear to be due to a lack of trying. For the first time this week, Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette made multiple offers to free-agents in the club's areas of need - closer, starting pitcher and a left-handed outfielder. And on Wednesday night, an industry source said that the Orioles were closing in on former Oakland closer Grant Balfour , who has been the focus of their free-agent search over the past two nights.
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 17, 2013
With a little more than two weeks to go before a contract extension between East Coast and Gulf dockworkers and port operators expires, the federal mediator said Thursday that progress is being made toward a long-term settlement. George Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, said the International Longshoremen's Association representing 14,500 union members and United States Maritime Alliance, which represents 14 ports and shipping companies, met between Tuesday and Thursday, and have agreed "that the negotiations will continue under our auspices.
NEWS
By Candus Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2012
The union that represents 17,000 workers at the region's two largest supermarket chains is embracing the "occupy" movement as it begins contract talks Wednesday. Anticipating difficult bargaining with Safeway and Giant Foods, the union has launched a website, occupygiantandsafeway.org, to build public support for its cause. The contract expires March 31. Tom McNutt, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400, said in a speech to union organizers last week that employees have worked hard over the last three decades to make the grocery chains highly profitable — while, he said, top executives are "making the Sheriff of Nottingham look like a saint.
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2012
Southwest Airlines and the union representing its 8,500 ground employees have asked the National Mediation Board to jump start contract talks after 14 months of negotiations failed to produce an deal. Transport Workers Union Local 555 called the stalled talks "disappointing," given the fact that the airline posted the highest second-quarter profit in its history. Negotiations began on July 12 last year. "Southwest has proposed changes in our collective bargaining agreement which are concessionary in nature and entirely unacceptable to our members," union president Charles Cerf said in a statement.
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2012
Talks have broken down between the union representing nearly 15,000 East Coast and Gulf longshoremen and the group representing shippers and port operators, with little more than a week to go before their contract expires. Meeting Tuesday in Newark, N.J., with a federal mediator, the United States Maritime Alliance rejected a proposal by the International Longshoremen's Union to extend the talks until Feb. 1. "The ILA wanted to say 'Happy New Year' with a contract extension to Feb. 1, 2013, but United States Maritime Alliance ... answered with a resounding 'Bah Humbug,'" the union said in a statement.
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2012
Southwest Airlines and the union representing its 8,500 ground employees have asked the National Mediation Board to jump start contract talks after 14 months of negotiations failed to produce an deal. Transport Workers Union Local 555 called the stalled talks "disappointing," given the fact that the airline posted the highest second-quarter profit in its history. Negotiations began on July 12 last year. "Southwest has proposed changes in our collective bargaining agreement which are concessionary in nature and entirely unacceptable to our members," union president Charles Cerf said in a statement.
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