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January 24, 2014
Thank you for the thoughtful editorial on the Supreme Court case of Harris v. Quinn ("Paying one's dues," Jan. 23). While it may seem reasonable to force people to pay union dues in order to engage in commerce, it might be more reasonable to consider the possibility that people should be free to engage in commerce on their own terms. Why did Illinois decide to treat these people as employees in the first place? After all, the doctors who receive Medicare funds are not state employees.
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SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Now that the NFL and the NFL Players Association have implemented human growth hormone testing as part of a revised performance-enhancing drug policy, Ravens veteran defensive end Chris Canty is hoping that ensures a level playing field. As the Ravens' player union representative, Canty voted in favor of the policy. The changes include a suspension of four games without pay for a first violation, a 10-game suspension without pay for a second violation and a minimum two-year ban for a third violation.
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NEWS
March 9, 2010
A bill that would require contractors doing business with the city to give preference to local union employees has been yanked by the city councilman who proposed it. Henry said he plans to change the wording of the bill after hearing from contractors who said they already hire locally but not from union halls. The bill was intended to boost employment by increasing job training and opportunities for city residents, Henry said. But it alarmed many contractors who saw it as a union power grab that would drive up wages.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2014
A man was shot in the Union Square neighborhood in South Baltimore Sunday night, police said. Police said the shooting occurred just before 10:30 p.m. in the 1500 block of Hollins St. They did not release any details on the victim's condition, a suspect or a motive. Anyone with information may call Southern District Detectives at 410-396-2499. cmcampbell@baltsun.com twitter.com/cmcampbell6
NEWS
July 17, 2014
Thank you for the commentary regarding the challenge facing women in construction ( "Construction: a boy's club," July 14). I know about it from experience. From 2007 to mid-2008, I received scholarships and worker retraining at a technical school for building construction. Out of 100 students, I was one of four who achieved an associate of applied science degree during that time. I then received direct entry into the apprentice 3.5-year program to become a union carpenter. I was lucky to receive six months of work each year.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly | dan.connolly@baltsun.com | March 26, 2010
Realignment in Major League Baseball, which could move the Orioles out of the American League East one day, was touched on Thursday during the players' annual spring meeting with their union chief. But because it is only conceptual, not a lot of time was dedicated to it, according to new union chief Michael Weiner , who spent nearly two hours with the Orioles. "On-field issues are very important to the players, so we mentioned a number of those issues. My understanding is that realignment is not a front-burner issue," said Weiner, the union's former general counsel who took over as executive director from Don Fehr last year.
NEWS
By Harold Scott | April 7, 2010
Councilman Bill Henry's proposal to exclude non-union laborers from working on city-funded construction projects is already causing great concern among the small business community, particularly for those of us whose companies are black or minority owned. Mr. Henry introduced a bill March 22 that calls for mandatory community partnership agreements (more commonly called project labor agreements or PLAs) on all taxpayer-supported city construction projects of more than $5 million.
BUSINESS
By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2012
The International Longshoremen's Association and the U.S. Maritime Alliance have agreed to meet with a federal mediator before the expiration of the contract extension at midnight on Dec. 29. Talks between the union representing nearly 15,000 dockworkers from Maine to Texas and the alliance representing shipping companies and port operators, stalled last week as both sides traded accusations. The union represents about 1,400 Baltimore longshoremen. The major sticking point is a container royalty payment made to the union and its members based on the weight of cargo.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2013
Baltimore County sheriff's deputies are the latest group of employees to reach a three-year labor agreement with the county. County officials said Wednesday that members of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 25 approved a contract similar to those other unions in the county have approved in recent weeks. The deal guarantees no furloughs or layoffs through 2016, and provides a 3 percent bonus in 2014, as well as a 3 percent cost-of-living allowance in 2015. The union represents 75 employees.
NEWS
By By Mary Gail Hare | The Baltimore Sun | April 6, 2010
The union that represents 1,700 Baltimore County employees in corrections, the 911 center, sanitation and animal control has ratified a new contract that includes a 2 percent raise but leaves a dispute over emergency leave unresolved. "Members decided to ratify the contract and get the raise," said John Ripley, president of the Baltimore Federation of Public Employees. "The impasse we have been fighting for 18 months will just be taken up with the next administration. We are not happy with this administration."
NEWS
August 29, 2014
It's none of the Anne Arundel County police chief's business where his officers choose to donate their money ( "Arundel chief says he disagrees with union donation supporting Ferguson officer Aug. 22). Maybe he should have been concerned recently when New Jersey law enforcement personnel flooded a Maryland courtroom proceeding in support of their fellow cop who was charged (and found not guilty) with gunning down a citizen of this "Free State. " Bernard Helinski, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
NEWS
By Kalman R. Hettleman | August 29, 2014
Since at least the 1970s, there has been little for unions to celebrate on Labor Day. The giant teachers unions - the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) - have been an exception, largely retaining their size and influence. But now even teachers unions are an endangered species. This June a California judge ruled that the tenure and seniority provisions in teachers collective bargaining agreements were unconstitutional. These contractual benefits for teachers, the judge wrote, impose "a real and appreciable impact on students' fundamental right to equality of education and… a disproportionate burden on poor and minority students.
NEWS
By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
R. Alonzo "Lonz" Childress, a civil engineer whose career with the Baltimore County Department of Public Works spanned more than 40 years, died Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital of complications from an infection. The Taneytown resident was 72. "Lonz was one of the most pragmatic and even-keeled persons that you'd ever meet. He was good at getting to the bottom of problems," said Brian L. Childress, a nephew who is a civil engineer with D.S. Thaler & Associates. "He always maintained a steady course and never got worked up. He could solve engineering problems without ever getting out of sync," said Mr. Childress, who lives in Perry Hall.
NEWS
By Cpl. Kam Cooke | August 26, 2014
African American Officers of the Anne Arundel County Police Department were shocked and taken back by the donation to the defense fund for Officer Darren Wilson of Ferguson, Mo., by the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70 Board of Directors. While we appreciate the support that the union offers to officers in need, there comes a time where leaders must take a step back and look at the totality of their decisions. This decision appeared to lack any regard for the many men and women of color, and even others with regard to the topic of Ferguson, Mo. The fact is that no criminal charges have been filed, and the facts of the case have not been fully released.
NEWS
August 25, 2014
One of the first traits police recruiters ought to look for in their candidates is empathy. After all, at the heart of law enforcement is understanding the behavior of human beings and without some insight into what motivates their actions - for good or ill - it would be impossible to gain their trust or anticipate their conflicts, let alone protect and serve them. That's one of the reasons it's so disappointing to read that the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70 which represents police officers in Anne Arundel County, has chosen to donate $1,070 to an online defense fund for Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown, an incident that has drawn national attention and continues to stir rioting and protests in that St. Louis suburb.
NEWS
By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
The president of the Baltimore Police union for the past six years has announced he will not seek another term.  In a memo to fellow members of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 late last week, Robert F. Cherry said he would not be seeking any position on the union's executive board when nominations are accepted at a meeting Monday night.  Cherry, who is in his 21st year on the force, said he will request a return to the operations bureau....
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2014
Bus drivers, dispatchers and other public transit employees in Baltimore will vote for a new local union president next week, following the ouster of their elected president by national union officials. Union officials said Janice Murray was removed as president of the 2,600-member Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1300 because she owed the organization $200 in travel expenses from six years ago. Murray's victory was appealed by a rival candidate, the local's former president, who said unpaid travel expenses invalidated her candidacy.
FEATURES
By Douglas Nivens II, For The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2013
All weddings must confront the inevitable: Who do you invite? Ever since our engagement in November 2013, my fiancé and I have received dozens of requests to come to our wedding. But as the future wedded couple, we are bound by money and space. Our friends and family expect invitations, an open bar and free entertainment.   Sure, I would love to have a big party where I invite everyone I know, but this is a wedding, not a barbeque. Deciding who may come and if they may bring a guest inevitably becomes a priority list of who's close to your heart.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
A group of African-American police officers in Anne Arundel County said Monday they were "shocked" by their union's donation to a white Missouri police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen. In a letter to the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 70, which represents Anne Arundel's rank-and-file police, the officers blasted the decision to donate to a fund for Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson, Mo., police department. "While we appreciate the support that the union offers to officers in need, there comes a time where leaders must take a step back and look at the totality of their decisions," wrote Cpl. Kam Cooke, a bike patrol officer and acting president of Anne Arundel's Black Police Officers Association.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Baltimore County officials are praising a Maryland Court of Appeals ruling that the county didn't need to hire a third party to settle a 2011 dispute with the police union. The dispute centered on an incentive program the county started in 2010 to encourage good attendance among employees. If a worker used no sick time for a year, he or she would get money to buy a $100 savings bond and a congratulatory letter from the county executive. But the program was "only modestly successful," according to county officials, and the savings bond component was ended the next year.
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