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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2010
The Baltimore County Professional Fire Fighters union announced its endorsement of Kevin Kamenetz for Baltimore County Executive Thursday. Kamenetz, the Democratic nominee for county executive, beat out Joseph Bartenfelder in the primary and will face Republican candidate Kenneth Holt in November. Several organizations and politicians who backed Bartenfelder in the primary have announced their support for Kamenetz, a county councilman, including the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 4, which represents county police retirees and officers up to the rank of lieutenant.
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By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | September 1, 2013
On Jan. 9, 2003, Rick Conrad, a career firefighter in Hagerstown, proposed a plan to his union's charitable foundation. The union, founded in 1966, had a long history of supporting local charities. But Conrad, who lives in Clear Spring, had something much larger in mind. He envisioned a two-day event, with live music, free food and giveaways of cars, motorcycles and hundreds of thousands of dollars. "They liked it," Conrad recalled, adding, "They put it in front of our membership for a vote, and they passed it unanimously.
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By Michael A. Fletcher and Michael A. Fletcher,Staff Writer | July 26, 1992
Jeffrey DeLisle, the outspoken president of the Baltimore firefighters union and a thorn in the side of city administrations for more than 11 years, has taken a new job as a staff representative with the International Association of Fire Fighters."
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2013
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman has vetoed a bill that would boost a retirement perk for public safety unions because she said the County Council improperly added a firefighters' union to the bill even though the union hadn't asked for it. Neuman said in a statement on Tuesday that the council's addition of Local 1563 of the International Association of Fire Fighters to the bill "undermines the labor relations process of contract negotiations....
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer | July 15, 1994
The union representing the county's firefighters has agreed to forgo two grievance victories and accept all changes in health coverage. In return, County Executive Robert R. Neall will reinstate a 6 percent pay raise he had rescinded.All six unions that had challenged aspects of the new managed-care health plan will have a 2 percent raise they received April 21 made retroactive to Dec. 30. That is when the union representing the county's blue-collar workers, who agreed the plan last fall, received its raises.
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By John Rivera | February 11, 1992
Baltimore Circuit Judge Kathleen O'Ferrall Friedman issued an injunction yesterday blocking the city from forcing firefighters and fire officers to forfeit five days' pay as part of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke's budget-cutting plan.The judge based her injunction on an earlier agreement between the city and the firefighters' union.Faced with the threat of 252 layoffs, the union agreed last Nov. 29 to give up a 6 percent pay increase it won through binding arbitration last year.In exchange, the city agreed to shift $3 million it had set aside to pay for the pay increase into the Fire Department budget, thereby avoiding the layoffs.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | April 12, 2000
Consensus continues to elude negotiators for Anne Arundel County and the union representing 860 blue-collar county employees. Union representatives rejected Monday the county's latest offer: raises totaling 6 percent over three years. "Our members would not have been able to support that," said Scott Harmon, president of Local 582 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The union asked for a 3 percent raise next year, with items such as the restoration of longevity pay to pre-1995 levels.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | April 13, 1996
Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger III has agreed to give pay raises to nearly the entire police force, angering two unions whose members are not faring nearly as well in his budget. The disgruntled unions, the firefighters union and the Federation of Public Employees, plan to picket the Towson courthouse Monday while Mr. Ruppersberger is presenting his second annual budget to the County Council -- his first major break with employee groups that all backed him in his 1994 campaign against former Executive Roger B. Hayden.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | September 29, 1999
The Baltimore County firefighters union assailed yesterday the promotion of two top-level firefighters with ties to County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, fraying the union's strained relationship with the executive.The union -- which in recent years has picketed Ruppersberger over his salary offers and fought his efforts to restructure the department -- said qualified candidates were unfairly shut out of consideration for the $80,000 deputy chief jobs because the administration made its choices months before the official selection process began.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | September 29, 1999
The Baltimore County firefighters union assailed yesterday the promotion of two top-level firefighters with ties to County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, fraying the union's strained relationship with the executive.The union -- which in recent years has picketed Ruppersberger over his salary offers and fought his efforts to restructure the department -- said qualified candidates were unfairly shut out of consideration for the $80,000 deputy chief jobs because the administration made its choices months before the official selection process began.
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By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
As a matter of principle, members of the Annapolis firefighters union are facing fines of up to $1,000 a day and six-month prison terms. Their offense: selling breast cancer awareness T-shirts. "We're trying to do something good for the community and we're getting hassled," said union President Lt. Caroll Spriggs. City officials told the union it needs a solicitor's license to collect donations on public property, setting off a debate that divided the city council and infuriated the union.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2012
An image of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's face on a roll of toilet paper recently circulated on the Internet has sparked turmoil within the local firefighters union whose members created it. The image, and another of Fire Chief James Clack's face in a toilet bowl, were determined to have been created and distributed online last month by two members of the Baltimore Firefighters Local 734 union who are now being disciplined, president Rick...
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2012
Paramedics assigned to Truck 10 — which the city is planning to close in July — saved a man's life Wednesday morning, the firefighters union said. At 6:20 a.m., an elderly man walked into the firehouse at 1503 W. Lafayette St., where Truck 10 is located, and told paramedics there his son, who is in his 40s, was suffering from a heart attack and having a seizure at a home nearby. The man did not own a telephone to call 911, the union said. Truck 10 responded to the home two blocks away and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation and "advanced life support procedures," the union said.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | March 9, 2012
Anne Arundel County police officers and firefighters have made themselves clear: They don't believe the county's leadership can help their departments solve staffing and technological problems that they say pose a threat to public safety. The county firefighters union's vote this week of no confidence in Fire Chief John Robert Ray is the latest expression of discontent by public safety workers. Following the lead of three police unions that called on County Executive John R. Leopold to step down, the firefighters union has scheduled its own no-confidence vote on Leopold for Tuesday.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2011
When Jodi Ceglia received a telephone call recently with the person at the other end soliciting funds for the "Ellicott City Fire Department", she did not question how the money was going to be used. In fact, she did exactly what the caller asked — she wrote a check made out to "Howard County Firefighters" and taped an envelope with her contribution to her front door to be picked up the next day. "He made it clear that the money was going to 'stay in my backyard,' that it was going to be used in Ellicott City," Ceglia recalled.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2011
The Anne Arundel County Council approved a measure Monday night that gives the body final say in labor disputes between the county and its public safety employees, a system that union leaders say deteriorates binding arbitration. Despite overwhelming union opposition, the council voted unanimously to approve the legislation, which alters the county's binding arbitration agreement with about 1,500 public safety employees. Councilman Jerry Walker introduced two key amendments, which garnered support among his colleagues, who were previously divided on the bill.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | May 20, 1997
Baltimore County yesterday barred career firefighters from working free in volunteer fire units, after the firefighters union filed a federal labor complaint demanding that the county either pay for such work or ban it."It's a shame it came to this," said Michael K. Day Sr., second vice president of the Baltimore County Firefighters Union Local 1311, whose members are angry at County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger for perceived ill treatment despite their support in the 1994 election.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | July 10, 2013
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman has vetoed a bill that would boost a retirement perk for public safety unions because she said the County Council improperly added a firefighters' union to the bill even though the union hadn't asked for it. Neuman said in a statement on Tuesday that the council's addition of Local 1563 of the International Association of Fire Fighters to the bill "undermines the labor relations process of contract negotiations....
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2011
Saying that Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold wants to punish them for not endorsing his re-election by moving to restrict a key contract negotiation provision, a coalition of public safety unions plans to marshal its members to fight an administration proposal to curb binding arbitration. Leopold maintains that binding arbitration is tantamount to giving an outsider control over the county budget — down to the need to raise taxes — and that the proposed change is needed to give elected officials control over budget decisions.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2011
The city's police and fire unions plan to picket a national convention of mayors to be held in Baltimore in June, in an effort to force a compromise with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake over furlough days and pension benefits. Fraternal Order of Police President Robert F. Cherry said Monday that he was inviting police and fire unions from across the country to join the protest, which he hoped would spark a "national discussion about prioritizing public safety. " The police and firefighters unions have been sparring with Rawlings-Blake since last year, when she pushed through an overhaul of their pension system that saves the city money but cuts benefits.
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