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NEWS
April 11, 2014
Why hasn't there been an article yet comparing pay in the different Baltimore hospitals to see how the Johns Hopkins Hospital pay compares to the rest ( "Hopkins workers strike over wages, working conditions," April 9)? As an occasional job seeker, I have found Hopkins to pay the best for my pay compared to others. Would The Sun be willing to investigate this for a story that informs the public? This would prove or highlight the relevancy of the SEIU 1199 strike at Hopkins. The lowest pay at Hopkins I've seen is at their university, not the hospital.
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NEWS
Dan Rodricks | April 9, 2014
I declare myself underwhelmed by the "accomplishments" of the 2014 Maryland General Assembly - a minimum wage increase so gradual it will have no effect on the standard of living for the working poor, a $431 million tax break for the heirs of millionaires, marijuana "decriminalization" that is hardly that, a paltry $4.3 million for pre-kindergarten education, and a broken promise on fully funding public employee pensions. I hate to be the party pooper, but what's all the celebrating and confetti about?
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
As striking service workers rallied Wednesday on Orleans Street in front of John Hopkins Hospital, a hospital official said that the East Baltimore medical institution can't raise wages too much without eliminating other jobs. "A key concern is making sure we can offer competitive wages and be fair to all of our employees while we continue to preserve jobs," said Bonnie Windsor, the hospital's vice president of human resources. "You can only give so much if you want to preserve jobs.
NEWS
By Erin Cox, Michael Dresser and Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
By the time confetti fell in Annapolis on Monday night, state lawmakers had loosened marijuana laws, made Maryland the second state in the country to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and whittled their way through more than 2,600 bills considered during the 434th legislative session. The two major votes on marijuana decriminalization and increasing the minimum wage closed out the annual 90-day frenzy of lawmaking. Measures to create stricter penalties for drivers who cause fatal accidents while texting and to revamp Maryland's stalled medical marijuana program also received final passage.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
Operators of nine McDonald's in the Baltimore area and on the Eastern Shore agreed to pay more than $250,000 in back wages and damages to 138 workers for violations of minimum wage, overtime and child labor provisions, the U.S. Department of Labor announced Tuesday. Annapolis-based franchise operators Gold Hat Inc. and Gold Hat II Inc., which have the same owner, will also pay $4,300 in civil penalties for the child labor violations, under the agreement. "The restaurant industry employs some of the most at-risk workers that we see," Mark Lara, director of the Labor Department's wage and hour division's Baltimore district office, said in a statement.
NEWS
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Maryland lawmakers are poised to raise the minimum wage and decriminalize marijuana today as this year's General Assembly's session cruises to a close at midnight. Both measures are on the verge of passage, barring unforeseen last-minute snags, because of compromises forged in the final week. The wage bill, Gov. Martin O'Malley's top legislative priority in his final year, would gradually increase the hourly minimum pay for hundreds of thousands of workers from the current $7.25 to $10.10 by July 2018.
NEWS
By Erin Cox and Michael Dresser and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Maryland's minimum wage will rise to $10.10 by July 2018 under a bill granted final passage by state lawmakers Monday. The measure goes to Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley for his promised signature. Raising the wage above the federal minimum of $7.25 an hour was O'Malley's top legislative goal during the final session of his eight years as governor, and in a statement he commended lawmakers "for giving so many Maryland families the raise they deserve.”  Maryland became the second state this year pass a hike to $10.10, the mark set by Democrats across the country seeking to address income inequality.
NEWS
Erin Cox and Timothy Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2014
The plan to raise Maryland's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour cleared Maryland's Senate Saturday afternoon. Although lawmakers must still work out details on who would be exempted from the hike and how long it would take to implement, compromises reached by key lawmakers and Gov. Martin O'Malley earlier in the week suggest the Senate version will become law. That plan, approved by senators in a 34-13 vote, calls for incrementally raising the...
NEWS
By Erin Cox and Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
Gov. Martin O'Malley's chief legislative priority to raise the minimum wage cleared another hurdle Friday as the Senate granted initial approval after a marathon debate. Lawmakers made 18 different attempts to redraft the proposal that incrementally raises pay for the state's lowest-earning workers from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2018. Republicans tried to carve out more exemptions to the hike, while Democrats tried to undo some concessions that got the proposal this far. No attempts were successful, and the Senate could pass the measure as soon as Saturday.
NEWS
April 3, 2014
The General Assembly session ends Monday, and already lawmakers have sent to Gov. Martin O'Malley's desk a number of important pieces of legislation, including a bill banning discrimination against transgender individuals, reforms to Baltimore's liquor board and new protections against domestic violence. But a few major issue remain to be decided during the next few days, including: •Minimum wage. The most important item on Governor O'Malley's agenda has gotten steadily watered down.
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