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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
A grievance filed by Baltimore County teachers last fall over having to work extra-long hours because of new education initiatives has been resolved, school and teacher's union officials announced Friday. The grievance, filed in November on behalf of the county's 8,700 teachers, complained that their workload had ballooned, in large part because lesson plans had not been provided until just weeks before they were to be taught. Abby Beytin, president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County, said that county school Superintendent Dallas Dance addressed teachers' concerns by giving them more notice of changes this academic year in curriculum and other educational initiatives.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
A grievance filed by Baltimore County teachers last fall over having to work extra-long hours because of new education initiatives has been resolved, school and teacher's union officials announced Friday. The grievance, filed in November on behalf of the county's 8,700 teachers, complained that their workload had ballooned, in large part because lesson plans had not been provided until just weeks before they were to be taught. Abby Beytin, president of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County, said that county school Superintendent Dallas Dance addressed teachers' concerns by giving them more notice of changes this academic year in curriculum and other educational initiatives.
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By Liz Bowie and By Liz Bowie | November 22, 2013
Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance said Friday that he has asked for more information from the teachers union after reading the grievance it filed earlier this week. Dance said he has reviewed the grievance, filed on behalf of the county's 8,700 teachers, and talked to the teachers union president, Abby Beytin, a month ago about the concerns teachers have over the amount of work they have been expected to do outside of their regular workday. Teachers have said that the curriculum based on the Common Core standards, introduced this year in the county, has been plagued with problems and produced additional work for teachers.
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By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2014
The Baltimore Teachers Union has filed a class action grievance against the city school system after the district made last-minute changes to its evaluation system, which knocked teachers down in ratings that are also tied to their ability to earn pay raises. In an email to members, Marietta English, president of the BTU, said the union filed the grievance because of changes the district made to the "cut scores," which affect whether a teacher is rated "highly effective" "effective," "developing" or "ineffective.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2012
Left-hander Dontrelle Willis has dropped his grievance against the Orioles, and will return to the organization tomorrow, his agent confirmed. Willis, the 2003 NL Rookie of the Year and 2005 NL Cy Young Award runner-up, was signed by the Orioles to a minor-league deal during spring training to be a situational left-handed reliever. Two weeks ago, he left Triple-A Norfolk saying he was told he was getting his release , but the Orioles contended that was never the case and he left without the club's permission.
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By Sports Digest | February 25, 2010
Fired Cleveland Browns general manager George Kokinis resolved his grievance with the team. The NFL issued a two-sentence statement through the Browns saying the grievance had been amicably resolved. The terms were confidential. Kokinis, a former Ravens executive, was dismissed by the Browns on Nov. 2. He was seeking more than $4 million in compensation and damages. Kokinis claimed the Browns fraudulently induced him to join the team under the representation that he would have control over all player personnel matters and report directly to owner Randy Lerner . 49ers: Tight end Vernon Davis (Maryland)
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By Leonard Pitts Jr | June 9, 2009
So Newt Gingrich now says Sonia Sotomayor is not a "racist" after all. She must be trembling with relief. Mr. Gingrich's backpedaling came last week in an article on HumanEvents.com. It leaves just two high-profile Republicans, former Rep. Tom Tancredo and radio blowhard Rush Limbaugh, still clinging to that absurd allegation. As you know unless you are just back from Antarctica, this sudden spasm of righteous Republican rage is due to a speech Judge Sotomayor gave in 2001 about the role gender, ethnicity and other characteristics play in a judge's judgment.
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By Rick Belz and Rick Belz,Staff Writer | September 29, 1992
An arbiter last week ruled that August workshop pay is not a mandatory benefit for high school soccer coaches under current contract language.Arbiter Fred Blackwell, in denying the soccer coaches' grievance, cited wording in the teachers' 1990-1993 contract.In addition to their regular salaries, the 32 soccer coaches had received the 10 days of workshop pay, totaling a combined $25,000, every year since the 1985-1986 agreement.A rewording of the 1986-1987 contract opened the door for the Board of Education's decision to cut the workshop pay last February.
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By Jeff Barker and Jeff Barker,SUN STAFF | August 7, 2005
WASHINGTON - Major League Baseball Players Association lawyers are looking into leaks to the media in Rafael Palmeiro's steroids case and could file a grievance on behalf of the suspended Orioles first baseman. The union is concerned that disclosures about Palmeiro's drug test may have violated his privacy rights. The disclosures include the time frame within which Palmeiro failed his steroid test, and which steroid was uncovered in his system. The union suspects the disclosures came from baseball because few people outside the sport would have known the drug test details.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | October 31, 2003
LOS ANGELES - As Vladimir Guerrero, Miguel Tejada, Gary Sheffield, Andy Pettitte and several other high-caliber players prepare to test baseball's free-agent market, the players' union is considering filing a grievance through the industry's legal channels that would charge owners with acting in collusion to fix salaries during last winter's slow signing season. Donald Fehr, the union's executive director, would not comment. Sources close to the situation said Wednesday they did not know whether the union would officially act on its conviction that owners violated the bargaining agreement last winter or would simply use the threat of a grievance as warning against collusive activity this winter.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | March 23, 2014
I have developed a habit of noting things that annoy me, a not infrequent task for a Republican these days. When the grievance list gets long enough, I turn it into a Sunday column. Herein my latest list: 1. Eric Holder: In no particular order, suing states over photo identification laws and school choice statutes, advising states on the merits of selective law enforcement, a "Contempt of Congress" citation over the IRS' targeting of conservative groups, foregoing the prosecution of Black Panthers engaged in voter intimidation, and the "Fast and Furious" gun running program are but a sampling of the reasons to be upset by the performance of this hard left attorney general.
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By Liz Bowie and By Liz Bowie | November 22, 2013
Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance said Friday that he has asked for more information from the teachers union after reading the grievance it filed earlier this week. Dance said he has reviewed the grievance, filed on behalf of the county's 8,700 teachers, and talked to the teachers union president, Abby Beytin, a month ago about the concerns teachers have over the amount of work they have been expected to do outside of their regular workday. Teachers have said that the curriculum based on the Common Core standards, introduced this year in the county, has been plagued with problems and produced additional work for teachers.
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By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
In an unusual move, Baltimore County teachers filed a grievance this week against the county school board saying new education initiatives are forcing them to work long hours beyond their normal day. Teachers in the county and the rest of the state have had to adapt their teaching this school year to new, more rigorous standards known as the Common Core. Local school districts were expected to have written a curriculum - a detailed road map of lessons - based on the new standards, but the county fell behind in the elementary grades.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 6, 2013
Suddenly and inexplicably one August night in 2011, the steel door of Steven Gabriel's jail cell at the Baltimore City Detention Center was unlocked and opened, according to documents he filed in state and federal court. Someone with a "flip-out pocket knife" stabbed him multiple times, he wrote, and he bled in his cell for several hours before being rushed to the hospital. In two civil lawsuits demanding compensation for his injuries, Gabriel, 24, has placed blame squarely on the corrections officers overseeing his unit, saying only they could have unlocked his cell.
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By Laura Dugan | May 2, 2013
In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, we heard strong proclamations from the president that "justice will be served. " It should be. Our spirit of justice is based on the principle that punishment should outweigh any benefit derived from perpetrating crime - a premise that has guided our nation since its earliest days. However, we expect more. The punishment should be harsh enough to send a strong message to others that they, too, will suffer if they attempt to hurt the American people.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2012
It was Advent 4 this morning, but now it's Festivus. I have brought the Festivus pole up from the furnace room to the living room, and the Airing of Grievances can begin.* In the post "Learning to speak Imaginary American" at Language Log , we find that one Tim Parks has received a manuscript back from a publisher full of odd edits intended to make the text genuinely American. Mr. Parks is genuinely puzzled: " Does the position of 'also' really need to be moved in front of the verb 'to be' in sentences like 'Trains also were useful during the 1908 earthquake in Catania,' when to me it looked much better after it?"
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By Ed McDonough and Ed McDonough,Staff writer | January 15, 1992
Fresh from successfully arguing against a motion to overturn a plea bargain in a drug case, two members of the State's Attorney's Office now are the subject of a grievance proceeding.Circuit Judge Luke K. Burns Jr. mentioned the grievance Monday during a hearing on a motion by Fernando A. Hernandez to withdraw his September guilty plea tocharges of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.As part of the agreement, Howard County charges of distribution of cocaine were dropped and similar charges pending in Frederick County never were filed.
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By Joe Strauss and Roch Kubatko and Joe Strauss and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | August 15, 1997
The Major League Baseball Players Association and the Orioles have agreed to postpone any grievance proceeding related to last month's fining of second baseman Roberto Alomar by manager Davey Johnson until after the season.The arrangement with the union comes as a relief to an organization factionalized by the matter ever since it transpired five weeks ago. According to a source close to negotiations, Orioles majority owner Peter Angelos has assured players association executives that the matter may be handled internally before any grievance would be necessitated.
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By Michael Hayes | September 3, 2012
For more than 75 years, American workers have had legal rights to work together to improve their jobs and their workplaces. But the effectiveness of these rights has diminished over the past 30 years, and now it's questionable whether they're meaningful at all. Should those rights be revitalized, or should employment rights and policies move in a new direction for the coming years and decades? A presidential election is the perfect time to discuss, debate and ultimately decide this important question.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2012
About a dozen Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. customers, consumer advocates and a City Councilwoman faulted the utility Tuesday for lack of preparation before and poor communication after a derecho storm struck the region in June. At a Baltimore public hearing on the utility's storm response, a crowd repeated concerns that BGE officials didn't provide them with an estimated time their power would be restored. Others questioned why the utility hadn't cut back mature trees to prevent branches from knocking out power lines — to which BGE officials responded by pointing to recent efforts at more aggressive trimming.
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