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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.
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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.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | January 13, 2014
A New York hedge fund's push to force Hampstead-based Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. to negotiate with suitor Men's Wearhouse could make it more difficult for Bank to fight off the rival chain's $1.61 billion hostile takeover attempt. Eminence Capital LLC, a major shareholder in both companies, asked a Delaware court Monday to force the men's retailer to consider the offer from the Houston chain and to stop Bank from acquiring another retailer to thwart the bid. Eminence, which owns 4.9 percent of Bank's common stock and is Men's Wearhouse's largest shareholder, also sent a letter Monday to Bank's board urging it to pursue the Houston chain's proposed merger.
NEWS
By David M. Anderson and David G. Alpher | December 24, 2013
The recent nuclear deal with Iran has generated a great deal of discussion about the concept of leverage. What does this give the U.S. - and what do we lose? Many observers believe that the United States and the P5 +1 members (UK, France, China, Russia and Germany) have surrendered leverage over Iran through the deal, as it removes some of the sanctions that had served to constrain the Iranian government. But this discussion, framed in black and white, neglects to recognize that there are two different concepts of leverage that are relevant to the Iran deal.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
The owner of the Baltimore City Paper said Monday it is in negotiations with a potential buyer, the same day it announced the collective sale of its four other alternative weekly newspapers. Scott Lynett, CEO of Times-Shamrock Communications, which has operated the City Paper for about 25 years, confirmed the negotiations but declined to identify the potential buyer. He also said he will directly oversee the publishing of the City Paper for now, after the paper's interim publisher, Michael Wagner, departed Times-Shamrock on Monday as part of the separate sale of its other alternative weeklies.
NEWS
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
The stock of Roland Park's Video Americain, possibly Baltimore's last video rental store, will be up for grabs next week, after negotiations for a single buyer to purchase the store's 35,000-unit inventory failed. Store owners Barry and Annie Solan had hoped to keep the inventory intact, and a group calling itself the Baltimore Video Collective had been negotiating with the Solans to do just that. But in the end, the two sides could not agree on a price for Baltimore's premier video collection, one that included everything from the silents of D.W. Griffith to the films of the "Twilight" franchise.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
Giant Food and Safeway workers, who are negotiating with management over a labor contract that expires Dec. 20, plan to picket Thursday outside a new Giant store in northwest Washington. United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400, one of two UFCW locals representing 28,000 Giant and Safeway workers in the Baltimore-Washington area, organized the "informational picket" planned for the grand opening of Giant at 8th and O streets N.W. Local 400 voted last week to authorize union leadership to call a strike against the supermarket chains if the sides fail to reach an agreement before the contract expires.
NEWS
By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com | November 19, 2013
Seawall Development Corp.'s proposed conversion of a three-block stretch of Remington Avenue into a $43 million project called Remington Row is taking shape, with new plans to bring in a boutique grocery store and to buy the current site of a 7-Eleven convenience store at 211 W. 28th St. Seawall partner Evan Morville made the announcements at a meeting Saturday, Nov. 16, to update area residents on the string of projects that are planned in the...
FEATURES
By Douglas Nivens II | November 19, 2013
One of the most popular electives at my law school is Interviewing, Negotiations, and Counseling (INC).  Students learn the basics of interviewing parties, negotiating agreements and advising clients on their best options. It also has no final exam. I always wanted to take this course but something always got in the way.  Either it wasn't offered or I had other requisites taking my time. So, I'm taking the alternative route to INC: planning a wedding. Sure, it's not in the academic context, but its lessons are just as useful.
BUSINESS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2013
Men's Wearhouse disclosed Thursday that its largest shareholder has demanded the company negotiate with Jos. A. Bank Clothiers over the Hampstead-based retailer's acquisition offer. New York hedge fund Eminence Capital, which owns 9.8 percent of Men's Wearhouse stock, said in a letter Thursday that it wants the company to "immediately" start talks with Bank and consider alternatives, such as soliciting other bids. "We intend to exercise our rights as shareholders to hold you accountable if you fail to take these actions by close of business on November 11 t h ," wrote Ricky C. Sandler, Eminence Capital's chief executive.
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