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  • Robert W. Cos, crane safety consultant

    Robert W. Cos, crane safety consultant
    Robert W. Cos, a crane equipment safety consultant who raised awareness in the 1980s of the unsafe car practice called "clipping," died Sunday of pancreatic cancer at Stella Maris Hospice. The longtime Canton resident was 65. Robert William Cos, whose...
  • Assaults on staff are focus of scathing report at Catonsville psychiatric hospital

    Assaults on staff are focus of scathing report at Catonsville psychiatric hospital
    In-patient units at Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville have become troubled environments where serious assaults on hospital staff are common, according to a scathing new report from a consultant for the Maryland health department. The chaos...
  • Health employees seek legislation to address workplace violence

    Health employees seek legislation to address workplace violence
    Bernice Troy, a geriatric nursing assistant in Baltimore for the past 20 years, has been spat on and cursed, scratched and punched on the job. A patient once slammed Jo Samrow, a nurse in Southern Maryland, into a wall so violently that she developed a...
  • 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...
  • Lawmakers ask County Council to postpone vote on retirement appeals bill

    Lawmakers ask County Council to postpone vote on retirement appeals bill
    State lawmakers are asking the Baltimore County Council to postpone a vote on a measure that would change the way public employees may challenge decisions on retirement benefits, saying it could violate state law. All but two members of the county...
  • Mossburg fails math on pensions

    Mossburg fails math on pensions
    Marta Mossburg once again gets it wrong on public employee pensions, incorrectly claiming the state pension system suffered a poor rate of return ("On state pensions, 'Everyone else is doing it' is no excuse," Feb. 13). She does this by cherry picking a...
  • Maryland budget reflects improving economy

    Maryland budget reflects improving economy
    Gov. Martin O'Malley released a $37 billion spending plan Wednesday that for the first time in recent years contains no drastic cuts or proposed tax increases. Amid a stronger economy, O'Malley also proposed to boost the pay for state workers, expand...
  • House race a loss for labor, too

    As he campaigned in the most closely watched congressional race in Maryland, state Sen. Rob Garagiola had an advantage his fellow Democratic candidates envied: the support of the politically powerful labor movement. More than a stamp of approval,...
  • 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...
  • 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-...