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NEWS
January 26, 2006
Representatives of Local 354 of AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) recently attended a two-day political workshop/conference at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Md., hosted by PEOPLE (Public Employees Organized to Promote Legislative Equality). Attending were Local 354 President Freida Forrest, Vice President Sam Tracy and local members Jenny Morgan and Linda Powell. While there, they met with Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., D-Prince George's; gubernatorial candidate Doug Duncan, Montgomery County executive; and Del. Anthony Brown, D-Prince George's, who is Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley's running mate in this year's Democratic gubernatorial primary.
NEWS
December 19, 1997
By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer The Washington County Commissioners' labor attorney on Wednesday urged the commissioners to rule on their own charge that the union representing about 85 county roads, landfill and bus workers had engaged in an unfair labor practice. Baltimore attorney Frank Kollman also asked the commissioners to order the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees to pay some of the county's legal fees. Kollman said the union had repeatedly violated the state law that the union fought to have enacted this year after the commissioners voted to decertify the union.
NEWS
December 14, 2005
YOUTH BASKETBALL Hagerstown Junior League FOP 40, AFSCME 21 FOP Fleetwood 11, Wilt 8, Davis 6, Kinter 6, McKoy 7, Drury 2. AFSCME Scott-Coles 8, Linton 4, Wynne 3, Greene 2, Smidlein 2, Seibert 2. R&R 35, Jerry's 22 ROBINSON & ROBINSON Louderback 13, Scott 11, Bey 6, Myers 2, Abbott 2, LeGore 1. JERRY'S Weedon 9, Rajaphilly 6, Kamara 3, Johnson 2, Rowland 2.
OPINION
November 4, 2011
AFSCME needs to respond to uniformed employee needs To the editor: It would seem that AFSCME of Maryland believes that it has to present a presence to justify its existence. Who the Department of Corrections hires for what position should not be the focus of a state employee association unless a complaint is filed.   Patrick Moran (director of AFSCME of Maryland) should direct his association's focus on the issues that directly affect the workers of the state.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | April 13, 2009
ANNAPOLIS -- A debate over whether nonunion state employees should be forced to join a union turned into a battle over votes on the budget Monday. Del. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, criticized what is being called the "Fair Share" bill, saying it amounted to taxation without representation for the state employees who would be assessed a fee without the benefits of membership such as representation when filing grievances and being able to participate in the negotiation process.
NEWS
By ERIN CUNNINGHAM | April 11, 2009
Nonunion state employees would be forced to join a union and pay dues under a bill being considered in the Maryland General Assembly. The bill would be unfair to state employees in Washington County, said Del. Christopher B. Shank, including the 1,652 employees working in the prison complex south of Hagerstown. Mark A. Vernarelli, spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services, said the department does not track how many of those employees belong to a union.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | January 27, 2011
As state government employees near a new contract agreement in Maryland, a Washington County state senator is criticizing the union that negotiated the deal. Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, Thursday accused the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees of being "duplicitous" and not clearly explaining a mandatory fee contained in a tentative state contract agreement. Shank said the "service fee" AFSCME will receive from state employees — even those who don't belong to the union — is buried in "double speak" in a list of the contract's highlights.
NEWS
June 6, 1997
By GUY FLETCHER Staff Writer A union that represents many correctional officers and other state workers in Maryland is challenging the validity of elections that gave another labor organization the right to bargain for wages and other benefits for thousands of state employees. The Maryland Classified Employees Association (MCEA) is seeking an injunction against implementation of the results of four of the elections won by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
NEWS
By DON AINES | January 8, 2008
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. ? The Chambersburg Borough Council on Monday approved a contract for its blue-collar unionized workers and set the 2008 wage increases for those employees not represented by a union. The approximately 80 members of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees local that work for the borough will get a 4 percent wage increase each year of the five-year contract. The increase is in line with the current contracts with the unions representing the police and firefighters, borough solicitor Thomas Finucane said.
NEWS
By MATTHEW BIENIEK | July 26, 1998
An arbitrator is expected to set a date Tuesday for Washington County Water and Sewer Department employees to vote on whether they want to join a union. He also is expected to rule on whether certain employees should be allowed to participate. Bill Mowery, organizing director for Teamsters Local 103, said he expects the vote to be held no more than 30 days after the hearing. The Teamsters and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 67 have both petitioned the county to hold an election to decide whether about 50 of the department's 64 employees want a union to represent them.
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OPINION
June 28, 2013
Fair Share still not fair in collective bargaining process To the editor: The Fair Share Act was passed in 2009. This law allowed for service fees to be part of the collective bargaining process. The law does not mandate that service fees be negotiated, it simply provides that they can be. The state has decided to allow service fees to be negotiated. The purpose of the fee is to allow a union to recover some of its collective bargaining expenses from nonmembers who might benefit from these negotiations.
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OPINION
By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | March 21, 2011
Several months ago — or maybe it was last week (at this age, the mind plays tricks) — Washington County Public Schools was all abuzz about bullying. I don’t remember the particulars, obviously, but I think the school board was against it. I’m sure they tossed around words like “awareness” and “empowerment” and “stakeholders.” They’re big on stakeholders. At the time, I didn’t get all that fired up over the issue one way or another.
OPINION
By TAMELA BAKER | February 14, 2011
All that “choose civility” idealism we’ve been hearing so much about lately appears to have been lost on some of our best and brightest. A case in point was this recent report from Annapolis: “Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, accused the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees of being ‘duplicitous’ and not clearly explaining a mandatory fee contained in a tentative state contract agreement. Shank said the ‘service fee’ AFSCME will receive from state employees — even those who don’t belong to the union — is buried in ‘double speak’ in a list of the contract’s highlights.
OPINION
February 6, 2011
“In World War II, it took 90 days to train an officer. The Pentagon has just announced that it will take 11 months to implement the repeal of ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell.’ Does this make sense?” — Chambersburg, Pa. “That person that put the picture in near Salem Avenue School, about the people illegally parked and whatnot, the police ought to drive by sometime, with all this snow. People are still parking illegally. This is a sad joke.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | January 27, 2011
As state government employees near a new contract agreement in Maryland, a Washington County state senator is criticizing the union that negotiated the deal. Sen. Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, Thursday accused the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees of being "duplicitous" and not clearly explaining a mandatory fee contained in a tentative state contract agreement. Shank said the "service fee" AFSCME will receive from state employees — even those who don't belong to the union — is buried in "double speak" in a list of the contract's highlights.
NEWS
By ERIN JULIUS | June 17, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- Another of the Roxbury Correctional Institution officers fired amid excessive-force allegations in March 2008 saw his termination reversed by an administrative law judge's decision, a spokeswoman for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) said Wednesday. The date of the administrative law judge's decision was not known, AFSCME spokeswoman Maureen O'Connor said. The officers who were fired in March 2008 were not named, therefore, The Herald-Mail is not naming the officer who was reinstated.
NEWS
May 12, 2009
"It's high time a traffic light was installed at the intersection of Stotler Road and Halfway Boulevard. We are told that the tractor-trailers coming up the hill cannot stop at a light because of a loss of momentum. Sheer baloney. The people exiting Lakeside Park are taking their lives in their hands every time they try to go east or west with trailer drivers too lazy to change gears. " - Hagerstown "I have mixed feelings about the speed cameras, but I have made up my mind I will try and pressure our elected officials into OK'ing use of speed cameras, especially in school areas.
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