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  • Inmates ask officers for contraband, retirees say

    Inmates ask officers for contraband, retirees say
    The inmates' requests often start small, former corrections officers say: a ballpoint pen, for example, or a sandwich from beyond the prison walls. "You may think it's insignificant," said former Cpl. Sheila Hill, who retired last year from the Patuxent...
  • Unions do their business on taxpayers' dime

    It's the old "fair share" argument, but this time it holds even less water than usual. The Maryland State Education Association, the union that bargains on behalf of K-12 teachers throughout Maryland, wants to force all teachers — members or not &#...
  • Report warned of jail officer's alleged gang ties in 2006

    Report warned of jail officer's alleged gang ties in 2006
    One of the corrections officers accused this week of helping Black Guerrilla Family members smuggle drugs into a Baltimore jail was flagged seven years ago for alleged gang ties. A state investigator raised concerns in 2006 that Antonia Allison might...
  • Top jail officials to be polygraphed following gang indictment

    Top jail officials to be polygraphed following gang indictment
    State corrections secretary Gary D. Maynard ordered polygraph tests Friday of top administrators and "integrity reviews" of every employee at the Baltimore City Detention Center in an effort to root out corruption at the jail. Maynard has moved his...
  • Ernest B. Crofoot, labor organizer

    Ernest B. Crofoot, labor organizer
    Ernest B. Crofoot, a former labor organizer who later headed Council 67 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, died Friday of complications from cancer at his Annapolis home. He was 88. "Ernie was one hell of a trade...
  • Workers should not be forced to pay union dues

    I was reading about some American Federal of State, County and Municipal Employees getting retroactive raises back to July 1. How nice. By way of this letter, you're welcome. I say this because Gov. Martin O'Malley and AFSCME thought it would be more...
  • GPS technology navigating to savings, or a waste of money?

    GPS technology navigating to savings, or a waste of money?
    Animal control officer Anthony Maxwell once relied on a weathered blue binder of maps to navigate through a day of picking up stray cats, patrolling parks for loose dogs and investigating cruelty reports. Now, a GPS device on the dashboard of his...
  • Baltimore Co. AFSCME members rally against Kamenetz

    Baltimore Co. AFSCME members rally against Kamenetz
    A Baltimore County union representing about 800 public employees filed an unfair labor practices complaint against the county Thursday, asking for an independent investigation after working for five months without a contract. Members of Local 921 of...
  • O'Malley names new Perkins hospital CEO

    O'Malley names new Perkins hospital CEO
    State officials tapped a veteran psychiatric hospital administrator Wednesday to take over leadership of Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, where two recent killings have sparked questions about the safety and therapy provided at Maryland's maximum-...
  • Treatment problems, fear found in state's high-security mental hospital, workers say

    Treatment problems, fear found in state's high-security mental hospital, workers say
    Workers at Maryland's maximum-security psychiatric hospital in Jessup, where two patients were slain recently, are calling on the state to address what they describe as problems in treatment and a pervasive climate of fear. In the letter to state...
  • Advocates, union call for changes at mental hospital

    Mental health advocates and labor union officials are calling for increased staffing and policy changes at the state's maximum security mental hospital — including a reassessment of how patients are paired as roommates — after one patient...
  • Harford teachers, school board at a standstill on contract

    After reaching an "impasse" in salary negotiations, the Harford County Education Association bargaining team has requested mediation with the Harford County Board of Education. Both sides were in a bargaining session Thursday to reach an agreement on...