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HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
John Hopkins Hospital and the union representing housekeepers, food servers and other workers were unable to agree on a contract Thursday night, leaving open the possibility for a strike beginning April. 9. Local union 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is working on behalf of 2,000 hospital employees to push for wage increases. They say many of the workers are on food stamps Medicaid and other public assistance. A Hopkins spokeswoman reiterated Friday that hospital officials were working "to reach a settlement that's fair to everyone and reflects financial responsibility on the part of the hospital.
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HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, Meredith Cohn and Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2014
The board overseeing Maryland's health exchange voted unanimously Tuesday evening to scrap its dysfunctional website and adopt software developed by Deloitte Consulting and used by the more successful health exchange in Connecticut. The software is free for Maryland to use but Health Secretary Joshua M. Sharfstein will negotiate an emergency $40 million to $50 million contract with the software company to develop the site. Isabel FitzGerald, secretary of the state's Department of Information Technology, who stepped in to help fix the exchange, will oversee the project.
NEWS
April 1, 2014
Columnist Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. errs in claiming that the American diplomats taken hostage by Iran were freed in 1979 ( "Drawing insults, not fear, from our foes," March 30). The diplomats were actually taken hostage in November of 1979 - not freed that year. They spent 444 days in captivity before finally being released on Jan. 20, 1981, the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as president. Their release followed complex and lengthy negotiations between the Iranians and the administration of President Jimmy Carter.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
About 2,000 service and maintenance workers seeking raises have yet to come to an agreement with Johns Hopkins Hospital. The workers, who are members of labor union 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, have threatened to strike beginning April 9 if the hospital does not agree to a wage increase of as much as 40 percent for some employees, though most would get more modest raises. The starting salary of the workers represented by the union ranges from $10.71 to $27.88 per hour, depending on the job, according to Hopkins officials.
NEWS
March 12, 2014
Its hard to believe the short sightedness of the Oriole management in awarding such a paltry salary to Manny Machado, third baseman extraordinaire, winner of a platinum glove award, not to mention playing his heart out for his team and fans during the 2013 season ( "The price is light," March 11). If this is the way you reward dedication, it will serve you right if he walks to another team with next year's negotiations! Debby Hyson, Essex - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 1, 2014
The port of Baltimore's continuing labor dispute, which boiled over in a three-day dockworkers strike in October before a three-month "cooling-off" period, now simmers with uncertainty. Labor peace in the port seems precarious. A contract covering the handling of vehicles and other local matters has expired, and workers voted down a new contract. The union says it won't strike and management says it won't lock out the dockworkers. The only certainty is that the port has lost work, and some of it might never return, port officials said.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
The Ravens continue to engage in contract talks with tight end Dennis Pitta and have made him a major negotiating priority as they urgently try to lock up the pending unrestricted free agent, according to league sources. No deal is imminent, though, as negotiations remain active, according to a source. Pitta's representatives met with Ravens vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty on Saturday at the NFL scouting combine, per a source. When reached for comment, Pitta's agent, Justin Schulman, declined to comment on negotiations.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
In another episode of how the Orioles' offseason turns, Korean right-hander Suk-min Yoon posted a "selfie" Twitter photo Tuesday night of him wearing an Orioles hat and flashing the peace sign. The caption apparently reads “ta-da.” There was no confirmation in the United States or Korea on Tuesday that the 27-year-old Yoon, a former Most Valuable Player of the Korea Baseball Organization, has indeed signed a deal with the Orioles. One source said Tuesday night that the club is negotiating with Yoon, but no deal has been reached -- not even pending a physical.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2014
Unionized longshoremen who work the docks at the port of Baltimore voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to reject a contract proposal from their employers, once again extending a labor standoff that has destabilized the state's primary trade hub for months. They did so with the backing of national labor officials, who warned that approval of the contract would mean millions of dollars pulled from the union's - and local longshoremen's - pockets. Others fear that continuing to work without a contract could have a more dire effect: ratcheting up concerns of labor instability among port customers and causing cargo to be diverted.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | February 10, 2014
There was a sense throughout the industry that the Orioles' decision to back away from closer Grant Balfour after his failed physical in December could adversely affect the club going forward. That reality apparently played a part in them not landing veteran starter Bronson Arroyo, who signed a two-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. Arroyo will get a guaranteed $23.5 million over two years -- $9.5 million each season and an $11 million option in 2016 that includes a $4.5 million buyout.
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