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April 7, 1995
Maintenance workers in Anne Arundel County schools won't get a pay raise but will keep their top-of-the-line health insurance program under a contract proposal ratified by the school board this week.Local 1693 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) became the first of three school employee unions to settle with the board on a contract. The board ratified the contract at its meeting Wednesday; a formal union vote will be conducted at the union's next meeting.
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HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2014
About 2,000 workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital have threatened to strike if the hospital does not agree to a wage increase of as much as 40 percent for some employees. A union representing the hospital's service and maintenance workers, including housekeepers and those who deliver food to patients, requested the increase because it said many of the workers rely on government assistance programs such as food stamps and Medicaid to support their families. The contract with the workers, members of labor union 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, was set to expire at midnight Monday, and the two sides continued to negotiate late into the evening.
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BUSINESS
By Suzanne Wooton and Suzanne Wooton,SUN STAFF | August 13, 1997
Stalled contract negotiations between Amtrak and its rail maintenance workers is threatening to shut down much of the nation's passenger trains and strand thousands of commuters shortly after the Labor Day holiday.The Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees says it intends to strike the nation's passenger rail system Sept. 4 -- the end of a 30-day cooling-off period.The union rejected an arbitration offer from the National Mediation Board last week and has launched a letter campaign, urging President Clinton not to intervene.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
Albert W. Coates, a retired maintenance worker and World War II veteran, died March 17 of heart failure at Rock Glen Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in West Baltimore. He was 89. Albert Wallace Coates was born in Harrisburg, Pa., and later moved to Baltimore. He attended St. Paul's School and enlisted in the Army in 1942. Mr. Coates served as the driver of an amphibious truck (commonly known as a Duck) with Company D of the 812th Quartermaster Amphibious Truck Company and participated in the New Guinea and Luzon campaigns.
NEWS
By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | November 18, 1996
Howard County school administrators and indoor air-quality consultants will answer questions tomorrow from Howard High School parents, students and the community about a mildew odor and the discovery of asbestos in the school.Asbestos floor tiles were discovered recently in a first-floor classroom by maintenance workers, who were removing the carpet in an attempt to get rid of a mildew odor.The asbestos tiles were removed without any health hazard to students or staff, school officials said.
NEWS
August 27, 1993
Housing Commissioner Daniel P. Henson III's unilateral decision to cancel "heat days" is sure to cause much grumbling among the 430 Housing Authority maintenance workers who no longer can quit -- with pay -- every time the temperature reaches 90 degrees by noon and humidity registers at least 55 percent.Let them grumble.If there is any scandal in Mr. Henson's decision, it is in the fact that this extraordinary featherbedding clause was allowed to exist for 30 years without any whistle blower making a big stink about it earlier.
NEWS
By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | November 20, 1997
Police have arrested two Baltimore men in connection with a spate of burglaries of top-floor apartments in an Ellicott City complex, police said yesterday.During the last month, burglars pried open access panels in apartment building hallways, then crawled over the apartments before punching their way through ceilings. Five apartments were burglarized at the Town & Country Greensview/West on Town and Country Boulevard, police said.Charged with several counts of first-degree burglary and destruction of property were Gary Pernell Byrd, 33, and Carl Daniel Forte, 32. Byrd was being held without bail, and Forte was held on $100,000 bail at the Howard County Detention Center.
NEWS
By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,Staff Writer | May 15, 1993
At a meeting with maintenance workers yesterday, Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke pledged to improve safety in the public housing projects and to provide the workers with more supplies and better training.The mayor also told the meeting of several hundred workers at the War Memorial Building downtown that the city's Housing Authority is trying to come up with a performance-based incentive system."We don't want to pay people dragging their feet the same as people busting their butt," Mr. Schmoke said.
NEWS
By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | November 13, 1996
Workers trying to remove a mildew odor from an area of Howard High School inadvertently uncovered asbestos floor tiles in a classroom last week, forcing the room to be closed temporarily while the asbestos was removed, a school system spokeswoman said yesterday.Neither the school's staff nor students were in any danger from either the mildew odor or the asbestos tiles, said spokeswoman Patti Caplan.The area has been inspected by maintenance workers, the Howard County Health Department and an indoor air-quality consultant hired by the school system.
BUSINESS
By Suzanne Wooton and Suzanne Wooton,Sun Staff Writer | May 21, 1994
A federal judge last night forced striking maintenance workers at Conrail Inc. back on the job, ending a surprise work stoppage that had disrupted rail operations at the port of Baltimore and in 12 Northeastern and Midwestern states.The Philadelphia-based company said operations would resume last night and return to a full schedule by tomorrow. The strike, which began unexpectedly yesterday morning, did not disrupt passenger travel.The company obtained a temporary restraining order last night from U.S. District Judge Franklin S. VanAntwerpen in Easton, Pa., prohibiting the union's 3,500 members from striking, pending a Friday hearing.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 2, 2014
William E. "Bill" Edrington, a retired hospital maintenance worker and plasterer, died Tuesday of complications from dementia at Country Companions, a Taneytown assisted-living facility. He was 83. The son of a Baltimore Transit Co. worker and a homemaker, William Edward Edrington was born at the home on Chestnut Avenue in Hampden where he was also raised. Mr. Edrington was a graduate of Polytechnic Institute and in the 1940s went to work for Hampshire Construction Co. as a plasterer.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton | justin.fenton@baltsun.com | January 22, 2010
Baltimore police were searching for a man who tried to rob a guest at a downtown hotel after gaining entry into her room by posing as a maintenance worker. The attempted robbery occurred about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards hotel in the 100 block of S. Eutaw St., said Anthony Guglielmi, the department's chief spokesman. A woman was sleeping in her room when a man dressed in an outfit resembling a maintenance uniform knocked on the door and said he was there to fix a problem, according to Guglielmi.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen | July 17, 2009
George Harold Shanklin, a retired box company maintenance worker and former Perry Hall resident, died of a heart attack July 7 at a hospital in Leominster, Mass. He was 78. Mr. Shanklin was born and raised in Fork and graduated from Towson High School in 1949. He worked for F.X. Hooper Co. Inc. in Glen Arm, manufacturer of corrugated box machinery, until enlisting in the Army in 1952. He returned to the company in 1954, which by that time had been purchased by the Koppers Co. Mr. Shanklin later moved to Lunenburg, Mass.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen | April 22, 2008
George L. Kepler Sr., a retired maintenance worker and former longtime Cockeysville resident, died of complications from a stroke April 15 at York Hospital in York, Pa. He was 82. Mr. Kepler was born in Lock Haven, Pa., and was raised in Renovo, Pa. He moved to Baltimore in 1941, and left school after the 10th grade to become an apprentice machinist at Black & Decker Corp. in Towson. He enlisted in the Army during World War II and was given a medical discharge after being injured during basic training.
NEWS
By John-John Williams IV | October 21, 2007
More than 100 eighth-graders at Patuxent Valley Middle School stared eagerly as they watched the smoky trail left by a model rocket as it ascended hundreds of feet into the sky and then headed back to earth. "Ooh! ... Ahh!" the students exclaimed as a small yellow-and-black marker trailed the rocket on its decent. The students spent three hours Monday launching model rockets that they designed in science class. Launch day was the culmination of weeks of lessons that included Newton's laws of gravity and forces.
NEWS
September 26, 2007
James Richard "Rick" DeMarco, a retired maintenance worker, died of respiratory failure Saturday at Good Samaritan Hospital. The Rosedale resident was 59. Mr. DeMarco was born in Baltimore and raised in Highlandtown. He was a 1968 graduate of Patterson High School and served in the Navy as an armorer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal from 1969 to 1970. Mr. DeMarco worked as a cook and a senior citizen center maintenance worker. In 1991, the former Essex resident was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
NEWS
By From Staff Reports | January 29, 1995
County Commissioners have rehired two former county employees who were charged with stealing metals from Hoods Mill Landfill, a county personnel official said Friday. The men were hired Thursday as road maintenance workers at a lower pay scale.The third worker charged in the theft case was rehired in July as a road maintenance worker.In August, the three men avoided conviction on charges they stole metals from the landfill from January 1990 to November 1993 by agreeing to repay the county within a year and to perform 50 hours of community service each.
NEWS
By Staff report | November 4, 1990
Wage proposals were unveiled at the bargaining table last week for Carroll school maintenance and plant workers and bus drivers.The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has asked for a $200 across-the-board monthly raise for all workers represented by the union, which includes about 200 maintenance and plant workers and about 30 bus drivers and bus assistants.The county Board of Education has proposed a 3 percent salary increase for plant and maintenance workers and a 3 percent hourly increase for bus drivers and bus assistants.
NEWS
August 11, 2007
Grace W. Bailey, a homemaker who had been a maintenance worker and a bookbinder, died Monday of heart failure at Sinai Hospital. She was 81. Grace Williams was born and raised in Baltimore. She attended Douglass High School. Mrs. Bailey worked as a maintenance worker in city public schools during the 1950s and 1960s before taking a job at the Enoch Pratt Free Library as a bookbinder. In the early 1970s, she was a teaching assistant at what is now Coppin State University. In 1955, Mrs. Bailey became a Jehovah's Witness.
NEWS
By Annie Linskey and Annie Linskey,Sun reporter | August 2, 2007
City police are searching for a man who raped an 88-year-old cancer patient in her Southeast Baltimore home about 9:30 a.m. yesterday. Police said a man posing as a maintenance worker came to the woman's door in the 1300 block of Bethlehem Ave. near the Baltimore County line. The woman let him into her house, and then the man forced her to have sex with him, police said. After the attack, the man demanded money, police said, and she gave him $6. He left through the back of the house.
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