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July 15, 2014
Commendations to Johns Hopkins Hospital and members of 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East for their $15 per hour wage agreement ( "Hopkins workers approve contract," July 12). When wages are so low that workers cannot meet the basic needs of their families, it is not only degrading to the individual but non-productive for the employer. By contrast, paying a fair wage manifests self-respect in the employee who rewards the employer with more productivity, less sick days off and more loyalty to the company with less turnover.
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NEWS
By Doug Donovan, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Maryland's Board of Public Works, a panel that includes the governor and other top state officials, did little to scrutinize millions in contracts it awarded in recent years to the financially strapped operator of a group home where a 10-year-old boy died this month, records show. And state agency officials who recommended LifeLine for various contracts from 2011 through September did not mention the company's fiscal and quality problems to the board - even as they touted a new process to reward only top-quality contractors.
NEWS
Doug Donovan, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
Maryland lawmakers and child advocates called Monday for an investigation into regulators' oversight of a troubled group home operator, asking why the state continued to give the company millions in taxpayer dollars despite long-standing financial and regulatory problems. State Sen. Joan Carter Conway, chairman of a committee that oversees group homes, said she would call a hearing this month to determine why state officials continued to award contracts to LifeLine even after it had filed for bankruptcy reorganization and a state audit found it insolvent.
SPORTS
Sports Digest | July 13, 2014
Memorabilia Ruth bat, contract sold at auction, but ball withdrawn A nearly century-old Babe Ruth bat sold for $214,000 at a memorabilia auction Saturday night, but the first baseball whacked over the Yankee Stadium fence by the legendary slugger failed to land a new home. The auction, held at the Sports Legends Museum a day after the 100-year anniversary of Ruth's first major league game, featured 200 items related to the Baltimore-born home run king. Ruth's bat was discovered in a stash of pre-World War I Red Sox bats found in a 150-year-old home outside Boston, according to Goldin Auctions of New Jersey, which handled the sale.
NEWS
By Doug Donovan, The Baltimore Sun | July 12, 2014
The recent death of a 10-year-old disabled foster child at an Anne Arundel County group home was just the latest in a series of problems at LifeLine, the state contractor that has been paid millions in taxpayer funds to care for "medically fragile" individuals, a two-month investigation by The Baltimore Sun has found. Even before Damaud Martin's death on July 2, LifeLine had struggled for years to provide around-the-clock care for its residents - adults and foster children often confined to a bed or wheelchair by paralysis, cerebral palsy and other disabilities.
HEALTH
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2014
After months of negotiations, one strike and the threat of another, and intervention from the governor, Johns Hopkins Hospital and 2,000 service workers reached a tentative labor agreement early Tuesday that some said could become an "important benchmark" for the health care industry. The deal, which is to be submitted to the workers for a vote, came after seven hours of negotiations that ended at 2 a.m. It would affect housekeepers, cooks, janitors, surgical technicians and others.
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.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
The Maryland health exchange board signed off Monday on most of its technology purchases for a new online marketplace set to launch in November. The board made the approvals after a closed evening session, bringing the total to be spent over the next five years to more than $96 million. The new software contracts were made on an emergency basis with Sir Speedy, a printing and marketing firm, and ScanOptics, a content management services company, for $1.3 million. The board also made contract modifications with Xerox totaling just over $650,000.
SPORTS
By Jeff Zrebiec and The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
It's been well-documented that the Ravens would like to sign wide receiver  Torrey Smith , nose tackle  Haloti Ngata  and cornerback  Jimmy Smith  to contract extensions before the start of the 2014 season. Little has been said about Pro Bowl third-year kicker  Justin Tucker's  contract, but the Ravens are working on a contract extension for him, too, general manager  Ozzie Newsome  told   Kevin Byrne , the team's senior vice president of public and community relations, in an article posted on the team's website.
NEWS
By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
John W. Trageser Jr., a retired mechanical engineer who headed a contracting firm, died of cancer Sunday at his Lutherville home. He was 88. Born in Baltimore, he was the son of John W. Trageser Sr., who owned Trageser's Cozy Inn, and the former Elizabeth Faul, who ran the family business' restaurant. Raised on Gorsuch Avenue, Mr. Trageser wrote in a memoir that he sold Christmas trees and drove an ice delivery truck as a young man. He also worked at Bethlehem Steel and at the old Albert Goetze meatpacking plant.
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