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By Glenn Small and Glenn Small,Staff Writer | March 13, 1992
The Baltimore County teachers' union rallied yesterday at Board of Education headquarters in Towson to protest mandatory furlough days that Superintendent Robert Y. Dubel imposed last week.With signs saying, "Furloughs, the most unfair of taxes" and "These cuts won't heal," about 150 educators stood outside the board offices on Charles Street yesterday as evening rush-hour traffic breezed past.The teachers were upset over Dr. Dubel's plan to impose the furlough days during time the teachers would normally be working in school without students.
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July 14, 2013
The Sun's recent front page article on the hardships facing Maryland's federal government employees on furlough included one who was making $67,000 per year ("Sequester pains hit home," July 12). I don't recall seeing front page coverage when Baltimore City employees faced furlough days, and I'm sure many of them didn't make $67,000. Vivian Vann
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Staff Writer | February 13, 1992
Ron DuPree took time off from his job at the University of Maryland downtown to pay a parking ticket in Towson, but the tall black doors to the old courthouse in the Baltimore County seat were inexplicably locked."
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2012
Baltimore school employees would be forced to take furlough days if the district has to absorb millions of dollars in education cuts outlined in the state's "doomsday" budget, city schools CEO Andrés Alonso said Tuesday as he prepared to present the fiscal year 2013 budget. In preparation for a massive cut to public education should lawmakers fail to approve higher taxes in a special session starting Monday, the school system has developed a plan to negotiate with labor unions to have employees take four unpaid days off. Alonso said the system found that the four furlough days, which would not include instructional days, would yield enough savings to hold school budgets untouched, a guiding principle of the system's budget.
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By Nicole Fuller, The Baltimore Sun | May 25, 2010
The Anne Arundel County Council unanimously approved Tuesday the county's $1.18 billion operating budget for the next fiscal year, keeping intact most recommendations by County Executive John R. Leopold, including furlough days for most county employees. The budget reduced spending by $6.5 million over last year, and cuts pay to almost all county employees by about 5 percent, in the form of 12 furlough days. "This was a very difficult budget that required hard choices, but I am confident that our county will rebound from the troubled economic times of the last two years," said Leopold, who praised the council for approving "99.5 percent of the priorities recommended by the administration."
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By Lou Ferrara and Lou Ferrara,Special to The Sun | January 3, 1992
Even though she knew she wouldn't get paid for it, Kawther Zaki, a professor at the University of Maryland in College Park, came to work yesterday."I don't particularly like this, but I have things to do," said the electrical engineering professor, the only person working in her office yesterday. "If I didn't come in, work would have been delayed, papers I need to sign for my students would have been delayed."Dr. Zaki is one of the more than 2,500 faculty and staff workers scheduled for up to three days of furloughs to save money at the state's flagship campus.
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By Julie Scharper | julie.scharper@baltsun.com | November 19, 2009
Leaders of Baltimore's fire unions told the city's spending board Wednesday that they are concerned that the Fire Department is adding emergency medical shifts after the unions had recently agreed to cuts. "We made an agreement in good faith," said Bob Sledgeski, head of the firefighters union. "Even if this money was found two weeks ago, we feel it is incumbent on the city to come to us and to say, 'What we told you five weeks ago has changed.' We think it's sort of unfair to our members."
NEWS
May 10, 1992
County and school employees were told this year to take several furlough days to help balance the budget. Employees already had been denied salary increases because of the fiscal woes.However, recently the commissioners and school board reversed their decision, canceling any remaining furlough days and refunding the money lost for those already taken. However, it's doubtful at this point that they will receive pay raises.Do you agree with the original furlough policy? Once the furlough policy was implemented, should the commissioners and school board have canceled them?
NEWS
July 14, 2013
The Sun's recent front page article on the hardships facing Maryland's federal government employees on furlough included one who was making $67,000 per year ("Sequester pains hit home," July 12). I don't recall seeing front page coverage when Baltimore City employees faced furlough days, and I'm sure many of them didn't make $67,000. Vivian Vann
NEWS
November 5, 2009
Arundel school system reduces furlough days 2 The Anne Arundel County Board of Education voted Wednesday to cancel one of its planned furlough days for all school system employees. The board voted unanimously to reduce the number of furlough days to between one and four. Principals and senior and executive staff will incur the most days; teachers will have two. The move, which was recommended to the board by Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell, was possible because of a number of cost-saving actions, school officials said.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2011
Several city services will be affected by a mandatory furlough day for Baltimore employees and the upcoming Christmas holiday. All city buildings, except police headquarters, will be closed on Friday, Dec. 23 because of a furlough day. Residents will not be able to pay bills or obtain permits in person though some services will be available online. Trash and recycling will be collected according to the normal schedule but there will not be bulk trash collection. Parking meters will be in effect.
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By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2011
Earlier this year, Baltimore County promised job security through 2014 for members of three public employee unions, but county officials say they can't make the same guarantee for other labor groups. The Kamenetz administration is in talks with the Baltimore County Federation of Public Employees, the police union and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, whose contracts expire in June. Together, the unions represent about 4,300 employees, more than half the county's workforce.
NEWS
December 4, 2011
Kudos and a huge tip of the hat to the mayor and city council of Hagerstown for recently voting to give each of their full-time city employees a one-time bonus of $1,000. After years of salary freezes, those city employees had previously taken 10 furlough days (a 3.8 percent decrease in salary) and had their workload increased through attrition (56 positions were left unfilled at a savings to taxpayers of $2.9 million). Accordingly, this municipal action and grateful recognition of their dedicated public service of their employees simply was the right thing to do. Larry D. Kump, Falling Waters, W. Va. The writer is a West Virginia state delegate representing Berkeley and Morgan counties.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2011
Baltimore city residents' next opportunity to leave household hazardous waste at the Northwest Citizen Convenience Center on Sisson Street will come between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Dec. 2 and 3. The center's regular dropoff days would have been held the last Friday and Saturday of November, but that event was postponed because of a mandatory furlough day for city employees on Nov. 25. The center, at 2840 Sisson St. in Remington, will accept hazardous...
NEWS
February 27, 2011
It's a sad state of affairs when Baltimore police officers have to resort to this type of activity ("Dishonoring the badge," Feb. 25) because they do not get paid a decent salary. The police had to take a pay cut. I suggest, as a show of good faith, that politicians get an epiphany and take a pay cut or furlough days as well. Judy Berlin, Baltimore
NEWS
November 10, 2010
In response to The Sun's suggestion that Maryland should raise its gas tax to pay for infrastructure ("The tax that saves jobs," Nov. 10), I shop the specials at the Giant in order to save 20 to 30 cents a gallon at the pump. My friends and family are currently unemployed for the last year, had their salaries reduced 20 to 50 percent (not through furlough days) or make salaries less than a "living wage," according to City Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke's standards. These are the people on whom The Sun wants to raise taxes.
NEWS
By Jennifer R. Ballengee | November 4, 2010
One issue that arose frequently in the just-concluded state elections was the cost of higher education — specifically, the rise in tuition costs. What hasn't been as often discussed is the corresponding crisis in higher education that rising tuition costs signify. This is a crisis that every resident of Maryland should be concerned about. The mission of the University System of Maryland (USM) is to provide "high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities" for the people of Maryland and beyond; the root of this mission is the need to support Maryland's economic growth by providing a well-educated work force to serve the state and our nation.
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