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Budget retreat site is changed

September 27, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

The location for this morning's Hagerstown City Council budget retreat has been changed to Hagerstown council chambers to accommodate a larger audience, Hagerstown spokeswoman Karen Giffin said Thursday.

The retreat will be from 9 a.m. to noon.

It was to have been held in the Hagerstown Regional Airport conference room, which holds about 25 people, Giffin said.

At Tuesday's council meeting, council members invited union workers to attend the retreat to get a better sense of the city's financial picture.

While the city does not know how many union workers, if any, will attend today's meeting it was decided to move the meeting to a place with more room, Giffin said.

The four unions representing about 300 of the Hagerstown's 460 employees are working without contracts. Some have been without a contract for more than a year.

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About 70 union members protested Tuesday outside Hagerstown City Hall with the stated intention of drawing attention to morale problems and union negotiations. Many of the protesters, some of whom were city workers, attended Tuesday's council meeting.

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