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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | February 22, 2012
Bargaining teams for the Waynesboro Area School Board and the district's teachers union met for more than an hour late Tuesday in an impromptu negotiating session. Leaders from both sides decided during a regularly scheduled board meeting that they would sit down afterward. Locked in an ongoing contract impasse, school board members and representatives of the Waynesboro Area Education Association last met Dec. 12, 2011, for a negotiating session. No new sessions had been scheduled.
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March 19, 1997
By STEVEN T. DENNIS Staff Writer Washington County employees no longer have collective bargaining rights following a Tuesday vote by the Washington County Commissioners. County Administrator Rodney M. Shoop said 87 unionized Washington County Roads Department, landfill and County Commuter workers are immediately affected by the vote. The commissioners voted to give those employees the same pay raises and bonuses that other county employees received late last year and at the start of this year.
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by LAURA ERNDE | November 8, 2003
laurae@herald-mail.com Washington County lawmakers won't pursue collective bargaining legislation for professors at Hagerstown Community College next year, they said Friday. But they urged the college's Board of Trustees on Friday to keep the lines of communication open with professors. Del. Christopher B. Shank, chairman of the Washington County Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly, told trustees at a meeting Friday there would be no legislation without the support of the Washington County Commissioners.
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February 20, 2002
School board sees dangers in bargaining By TARA REILLY tarar@herald-mail.com Passage of a bill before the Maryland Senate that would give teachers and support staff more collective bargaining rights would be devastating to public education and would remove the voice of parents and students from important school issues, Washington County Board of Education representatives said at a Tuesday morning meeting. School Board Director of Human Resources Donald Francis said the bill would put the interests of teachers and support staff groups ahead of students.
NEWS
January 24, 2007
The Washington County Board of Education and the county's teachers association will meet Thursday for contract negotiations. Bargaining for the 2007-08 school year contract has been open to the public. The negotiations will be at E. Russell Hicks Middle School at 4:30 p.m.
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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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | March 24, 2012
Southern Fulton School District teachers remain without a contract more than two years after negotiations started. Negotiating teams for the Southern Fulton School Board and Southern Fulton Education Association, the teachers' union, started meeting at the bargaining table in January 2010. The last contract expired June 30, 2010. Neither side would comment on the current status of negotiations. “I'm not at liberty to discuss that,” Superintendent Kendra Trail said. The number of years covered by the new contract is one item being negotiated, she said.
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by ERIN CUNNINGHAM | December 12, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - The Washington County Teachers Association and the Washington County Board of Education were unable to agree on ground rules for negotiations, so they will proceed without them. The decision was made during Monday's bargaining session for the 2007-08 school year, which was open to the public. Each side met in closed caucus for about 30 minutes before the start of the 5 p.m. session at E. Russell Hicks Middle School. At the start of the meeting, T. Scott Miller, Maryland State Teachers Association UniServ director and chief negotiator, cited several inaccuracies in information released by the Board of Education to The Herald-Mail.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | July 10, 2013
Thousands of shoppers will pack the streets of downtown Greencastle on Friday and Saturday for Sidewalk Days. The annual event, sponsored by the Greencastle-Antrim Chamber of Commerce, is Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. “This is our 46th year of value and savings,” said Joel Fridgen, executive director of the chamber. The in-town merchants will be joined by more than 60 arts, craft and food vendors setting up tables on East and West Baltimore streets and North and South Carlisle streets, Fridgen said.
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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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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 12, 2013
As she sorted through tables Sunday at the Friends of Legal Services book sale, Linda Webb-Jenkins carried in her pocket a list of the titles filling her shelves at home. That list was about to get much longer. Webb-Jenkins filled at least four shopping bags with selections from the sale held at Wilson College. Each bag cost her $5. “Some of these books are $30 apiece,” she said of the retail cost. Volunteers hauled in 1,000 boxes of about 50 books each for the 29th annual Friends of Legal Services book sale.
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By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | December 26, 2012
Hearty post-holiday bargain hunters headed out to the Valley Mall in fair numbers on Wednesday despite the snow and icy conditions that left roads a slippery mess. The day after Christmas might be the new Black Friday for shoppers, but this one posed a challenge to those determined to hit the stores. “The weather outside is frightful, but once you're inside it's delightful,” said Julie Rohm, the mall's general manager. The mall's hours were unchanged Wednesday despite the weather, but whether any sales would be extended would be a decision of the retailers, many of which are national chains, such as Sears, American Eagle and Bon-Ton, she said.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | November 23, 2012
Thanksgiving dinner was fueling Emmanuel Sanni through more than 12 sleepless, shopping-filled hours of Black Friday. Sanni's marathon of shopping began about midnight at the Spring Mills Walmart. “Did not sleep,” the Martinsburg resident said outside Dick's Sporting Goods at The Commons near Martinsburg about 1:45 p.m. Sanni went to Walmart to get an Xbox for about $100 less than the retail price. Mission accomplished. Stops at Valley Mall in Hagerstown, Columbia (Md.)
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By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com | November 23, 2012
The possibility of snagging a free Nintendo Wii U game contributed to the Black Friday rush around Hagerstown that kicked off the holiday shopping season. Long lines formed in the Old Navy in Valley Mall immediately after it opened at midnight as customers who spent $40 on merchandise there had a chance to receive a free New Super Mario Bros. U game for the new Nintendo Wii U game system. Brooke Pogue, 25, of Chambersburg, Pa., took advantage of the deal. “I love the thrill in getting the deals and fighting the crowd on Black Friday,” she said.
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By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | alnotarianni@aol.com | November 3, 2012
In a scene reminiscent of a more-civilized Black Friday, shoppers packed the front hall of the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, got on their marks and watched the clock. With a minute and 30 seconds left to go before the 1 p.m. half-price sale, Singer Society volunteers decided they were ready to go, and granted mercy by opening the glass atrium doors early and letting the crowd loose. Robbie Matonak, 62, of Hagerstown, bypassed the atrium and high-tailed it to the Bowman Gallery to a wooden chair with a floral needlepoint cushion.
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Paula Wolber | Around Maugansville | September 27, 2012
The Women's Club will hold its annual fall bargain sale Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the club, 31 S. Prospect St. in Hagerstown.  Gently used clothing and other items will be available for purchase.  The club provides low-cost housing in the community and also a place for members to meet.   Basket bingo On Sunday, Oct. 14, Habitat for Humanity's Women Build program will host its second annual Longaberger basket bingo at The Improved Order of Red Men Tribe 84. Doors open at 11 a.m., lunch will be served at noon and bingo begins at 1 p.m.  Tickets cost $25, which includes lunch and 25 games.
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Linda Murray | Around West Hagerstown | September 12, 2012
The Women's Club at 31 S. Prospect St. in Hagerstown will hold its annual fall bargain sale Friday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday, Sept., 29, from 9 a.m. to noon. Gently used clothing, household merchandise, shoes and jewelry will be available for purchase. The club provides low-cost housing for women in the community and a place for its members to enjoy social activities. Mount Zion Church to host concert Mount Zion Church at 14336 Greencastle Pike in Cearfoss will host a concert by Guilford Station Bluegrass Gospel Band Sunday at 2 p.m. Refreshments will be served and a goodwill offering will be collected for the group during a short intermission.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | June 7, 2012
The Waynesboro Area School Board and its teachers union will return to the bargaining table Monday morning as they attempt to hammer out a contract deal before a June 15 deadline tied to health insurance. The two sides first started negotiating in January 2010 in anticipation of the last teacher contract expiring June 30, 2010. School board member Rita Daywalt said her side will present again two options largely developed through recent mediations. The teachers union, Waynesboro Area Education Association, has expressed frustration that one of those options was not formally negotiated.
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