| Jul 23, 2013
| 8:20 PM
After nearly five months of negotiations, about 130 of 329 union city employees will receive a 2 percent wage increase and some will advance a step on the wage scale, thanks to the Hagerstown City Council’s unanimous vote Tuesday night to approve...
| Jul 24, 2013
Will County and union officials walked away from the negotiating table with little progress during contract talks last week.
It was the fourth meeting held with a federal mediator to help reach a deal between the county and the union representing...
| Jul 22, 2013
| 4:23 AM
Scheduled meetings this week of the Washington County Commissioners and Hagerstown's Mayor and Council (the Washington County Board of Education is not scheduled to meet):
WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
County Administration Building, Room 226
| Jul 19, 2013
| 6:00 AM
DETROIT (AP) — Reaction to Detroit becoming the largest city to file for bankruptcy in U.S. history:
"This is the first step toward restoring the city." — Detroit emergency manager, Kevyn Orr.
"Governor Snyder's plan to suspend democracy,...
| Jul 16, 2013
Will County officials are preparing for the possibility of a strike by the county's largest employees' union.
Members of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1028 have told union leaders they could call for a strike vote if...
| Sep 10, 2013
It's back to the bargaining table — again — for Will County leaders and union representatives.
A meeting between both sides, and a federal mediator, Monday failed to produce an agreement in the nearly year-long negotiation for a new...
| Sep 7, 2013
| 6:22 AM
Six weeks after taking over the U.S. Department of Labor, Marylander Thomas E. Perez is receiving praise from unions, concern from business leaders and hope from others that he will expand the agency's mission.
Perez, a former Maryland labor secretary,...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 6:18 PM
The inmate's handwritten letter, addressed to a tier captain in the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland, was clear: Remove two specific corrections officers from the housing unit, or they would be violently attacked.
"I will not let...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 11:41 AM
A federal appeals court has rejected a request by Gov. Rick Scott's administration for a rehearing in a legal battle about drug tests for state employees. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an order last week denying the request, which included...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 4:32 PM
For Wednesday's print column, in advance of the special legislative session in Springfield on Wednesday to take another stab at pension reform, I initiated an email dialogue with Anders Lindall, right, spokesman for the local chapter of the American...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 1:00 PM
The corruption scandal at the Baltimore City Detention Center, with its salacious details of guards impregnated by an inmate, has gotten national headlines, but the state corrections department risks facing a bigger problem at the North Branch...