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By Matt Patterson | September 5, 2010
In January 1962, President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 10988, giving federal employees the right to organize. This little-known act, which effectively unionized the vast federal workforce, has had momentous consequences that nearly five decades later threaten to overwhelm our democracy. Prior to President Kennedy, it was widely considered inappropriate for public employees to have the same organizing rights as private workers. For one, it was accepted that while public workers received lower wages than their private-sector counterparts, they received in exchange valued intangibles such as job security and, as quaint as it sounds now, the honor that came from public service.
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August 27, 2010
I would agree that there is some unethical behavior in both business and government. It may be true that, in some jobs, government employees are paid better than their private counterparts ("Business ethics' wrong focus," Commentary, Aug. 22). This wouldn't apply as much in professional positions. I worked for 38 years in the Library of Congress and retired in 2003. I currently work 20 hours per week in the library at CCBC-Essex. I would put my colleagues at LC and at CCBC up against any private sector employees and bet that they would compare favorably.
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By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | October 9, 2008
Rebecca R. Rosen, a former Equal Employment Opportunity Commission compliance officer and World War II veteran, died of heart failure Oct. 2 at her home in Boca Raton, Fla. She was 88. Rebecca Rosen was born in Baltimore and spent her early years in Mitchellville before moving with her family to Towson in the early 1930s. She was a 1937 graduate of Towson High School and earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1940. In 1980, Ms. Rosen earned a master's degree in sociology and urban studies from the University of Baltimore.
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By John Fritze | August 10, 2008
Anna Isabel Hummel, a government worker in Baltimore for more than three decades, died Aug. 3 at a nursing home in Dundalk. The longtime Baltimore resident was 102. Born in Baltimore, Anna Isabel King graduated from Western High School in the 1920s and worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for the Baptist Children's Aid Society. In 1936, she took a position with the probation department of the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City, now the Circuit Court. Mrs. Hummel, who went by Isabel, married William Dubel Hummel, who also worked for the city.
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By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,Sun reporter | September 20, 2007
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against the Baltimore County government, accusing it of age discrimination in requiring older employees to pay more for their pensions. The lawsuit, filed this week in U.S. District Court, says the county has for years illegally forced some workers older than 40 to contribute to the county's pension system at a higher rate than that required of younger workers. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of two retired county correctional officers, demands that they and other workers be reimbursed money that it says was illegally withheld from their paychecks.
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By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV and JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV,SUN REPORTER | March 3, 2006
A Baltimore school employee plots to steal $4.2 million from the school system's facilities department and is sentenced to five years in prison. School systems around the state are accused of mismanaging Medicaid funding and could end up paying $19.9 million back to the federal government. With hefty budgets and a thicket of complex programs to administer, school systems can be tempting targets for theft and mismanagement - and Howard County now has a watchdog to guard against that. John J. Connors, a longtime resident of Columbia with more than three decades of auditing experience, has just taken over as the school system's first internal auditor, in charge of monitoring more than a half-billion dollars in capital and operating funds in a system with more than 7,000 employees.
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By MELISSA HARRIS and MELISSA HARRIS,SUN REPORTER | February 11, 2006
EMMITSBURG -- In a mock command center at a former Catholic women's college, leaders of "Central City" hustle to respond after a hurricane sends the "Roaring River" into downtown, flooding businesses and the city's 911 center. Frazzled town managers pick up ringing phones, knowing that callers want the impossible. Irate business owners chide officials on television for incompetence, and residents complain on a radio talk show about everything from the overflowing sewer system to the washed-out veterans' cemetery.
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September 12, 2005
Anne M. Murray, a retired government worker and homemaker, died from complications of dementia Sept. 5 at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium. The former Towson resident was 90. She was born Anne M. Dokovich in Homestead, Pa. She moved to East Lombard Street in the 1920s and graduated in 1937 from Seton High School. Mrs. Murray's 30-year career with the federal government included serving at the Pentagon, where she was a member of Gen. Omar N. Bradley's staff when he was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | July 26, 2005
The morning sun is still low in the sky when Mike Huber of the Baltimore County Fire Department tops off the tank in Truck 91. The Towson fire company's backup ladder truck has to be fully gassed up so it can, if needed, answer emergency calls from far beyond the county seat. No matter that it gets all of about 4 miles to the gallon. No matter that the price of gas is higher than ever. "We're not going to go out and drive less because of fuel costs," says county Fire Chief John J. Hohman, "and no one would want us to."
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 9, 2004
A former Defense Department manager pleaded guilty yesterday in Baltimore's federal court to possession of child pornography - pictures and movie images stored on his government-issued laptop computer, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office announced. The defendant, 41-year-old Jose Medina, was indicted Sept. 1 - five days after leaving his job as an information security manager with a defense agency in Alexandria, Va. - on a charge of possessing materials depicting a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
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