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May 25, 2008
More than 150 construction professionals participated in the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Cumberland Valley Chapter, fourth-annual general contractors showcase at Four Points Sheraton in Hagerstown. General Contractors who set up displays were: Brechbill and Helman Construction Inc.; Callas Contractors Inc.; GRC General Contractor Inc.; Minghini's General Contractors Inc.; Morgan Keller Construction; and Waynesboro Construction Co. Inc. Sponsors for the event were: HPG Windows and Doors; Just Wood Industries; The Blue Book Building & Construction; and United Rental Aerial Equipment.
NEWS
by TIFFANY ARNOLD | June 2, 2006
A vote by Hagerstown Community College's Board of Trustees to change employees' benefits during a retreat last month at Fountain Head Country Club was appropriate, board chairman Merle S. Elliott said. The board unanimously agreed to raise co-payment rates and change eligibility requirements for retirement benefits at what was called a special meeting during an annual retreat May 2. Minutes from the meeting - distributed during the board's regular monthly meeting Tuesday - detailed the changes to employee benefits.
NEWS
by TIFFANY ARNOLD | May 31, 2006
Retirees of Hagerstown Community College will pay more for their health benefits, after the college's Board of Trustees made several changes to employee benefits during a special meeting May 2. Employees also will have more years to wait until they are eligible for retirement benefits. The changes take effect July 1, according to documents provided at the board's regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday. Employees now will have to wait 10 years before they can receive retirement benefits, instead of a five-year minimum, said Guy Altieri, the college's president.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | November 30, 1999
Citicorp Credit Services Inc., Washington County's third largest employer, announced plans Thursday to hire about 200 people, and will hold a recruitment open house Tuesday for prospective job applicants. "Over the next two months, we will hire nearly 200 employees for our customer contact positions and we need to fill many management positions as well," company President Deb Gorbsky said in a press release. "We expect a nice infusion of strong talent and leadership potential," Gorbsky said.
NEWS
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 7, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Citicorp Credit Services Inc., Washington County's third largest employer, announced plans Thursday to hire about 200 people, and will hold a recruitment open house Tuesday for prospective job applicants. "Over the next two months, we will hire nearly 200 employees for our customer contact positions and we need to fill many management positions as well," company President Deb Gorbsky said in a press release. "We expect a nice infusion of strong talent and leadership potential," Gorbsky said.
NEWS
April 4, 2001
Health care changed TARA REILLY tarar@herald-mail.com The Washington County Commissioners' attempt to consolidate health care providers for county, Board of Education and Hagerstown Community College employees fell short, but the commissioners and School Board went ahead Tuesday with provider changes. The County Commissioners voted to switch county health care, dental and prescription drug provider from CIGNA to CareFirst, a move that will save the county about $147,000, according to a consultant hired to study costs.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | June 8, 1999
The Washington County Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to use pension fund money to give the county's 538 full-time employees a one-time bonus ranging from $750 to $1,250. The $574,500 cost for the bonuses would come from a portion of the $1 million designated as the fiscal 1999 grant to the Maryland State Pension and Retirement System program, Human Resources Director Alan J. Davis said. The rest of the money, an estimated $425,500, would be used to pay for fiscal 2000 Capital Improvement Program projects.
NEWS
By SCOTT BUTKI | February 19, 1999
The county's human resources director recommended to the Washington County Commissioners on Thursday that all county employees be given an 8 percent salary hike and that they continue to be paid every week. Alan J. Davis said it would cost the county about $2 million to increase the salary for all 593 full-time and 371 part-time employees. [cont. from front page ] Davis also recommended that the County Commissioners ask next year for enabling legislation from the Maryland General Assembly to increase the commissioners' annual pay, starting in the 2002 term, from $20,000 to $29,000.
NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | March 26, 2013
The City of Hagerstown's full-time employees will receive a one-time payment of $1,000 and part timers will receive $200 in June following the unanimous approval of the five-member city council Tuesday. “The employees haven't received many of the benefits they deserve, thanks to the drastic economic situation we've been through,” Councilman Donald F. Munson said at the Hagerstown City Council meeting. “I'm voting for this, supporting this, because I believe it is at least a way city government can say thank you for the efforts you have made.” The city's extension of one-time payments to 411 full timers and 39 part timers stem from frozen wages over the past few years.
OPINION
March 16, 2011
Pension reform efforts are ongoing To the editor: During the 2010 legislative session a commission was formed to study pensions and retiree benefits.  In December, the Commission released an interim report outlining significant problems, and concluded, "employee benefits — are growing at — unsustainable' rates. These trends cannot continue without imposing very significant cuts in other vital State programs and employee compensation. " The Governor and many other elected officials have proposals that work within the current program structure.
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By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | April 30, 2013
With health care costs on the rise, Washington County employees will be paying about 10 percent more on average for their share, starting July 1, county officials said Tuesday. The county Board of Commissioners unanimously approved proposed health benefit changes for fiscal year 2013-14, which will result in a typical increase of $12.53 per month, or a little more than $6 per paycheck, according to Stephanie Stone, the county's Director of Health and Human Services. “I don't think we have much choice but to raise it,” Commissioner William B. McKinley said.
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NEWS
By HOLLY SHOK | holly.shok@herald-mail.com | March 26, 2013
The City of Hagerstown's full-time employees will receive a one-time payment of $1,000 and part timers will receive $200 in June following the unanimous approval of the five-member city council Tuesday. “The employees haven't received many of the benefits they deserve, thanks to the drastic economic situation we've been through,” Councilman Donald F. Munson said at the Hagerstown City Council meeting. “I'm voting for this, supporting this, because I believe it is at least a way city government can say thank you for the efforts you have made.” The city's extension of one-time payments to 411 full timers and 39 part timers stem from frozen wages over the past few years.
OPINION
March 16, 2011
Pension reform efforts are ongoing To the editor: During the 2010 legislative session a commission was formed to study pensions and retiree benefits.  In December, the Commission released an interim report outlining significant problems, and concluded, "employee benefits — are growing at — unsustainable' rates. These trends cannot continue without imposing very significant cuts in other vital State programs and employee compensation. " The Governor and many other elected officials have proposals that work within the current program structure.
NEWS
April 8, 2010
ANNAPOLIS (AP) -- A panel of Maryland lawmakers has decided to create a commission to study how to address rising pension costs for state employees. A conference committee wrapped up work on reconciling differences made to Gov. Martin O'Malley's $13.2 billion operating budget on Thursday. They decided to form the commission instead of going along with a Senate plan that would have shifted some teacher pension costs to counties beginning in fiscal year 2012. The panel also restored the full $20 million O'Malley set aside for a fund to help clean up pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. The committee also decided against ending the state's legislative scholarship program, an idea backed by the House of Delegates.
NEWS
May 25, 2008
More than 150 construction professionals participated in the Associated Builders and Contractors Inc., Cumberland Valley Chapter, fourth-annual general contractors showcase at Four Points Sheraton in Hagerstown. General Contractors who set up displays were: Brechbill and Helman Construction Inc.; Callas Contractors Inc.; GRC General Contractor Inc.; Minghini's General Contractors Inc.; Morgan Keller Construction; and Waynesboro Construction Co. Inc. Sponsors for the event were: HPG Windows and Doors; Just Wood Industries; The Blue Book Building & Construction; and United Rental Aerial Equipment.
NEWS
by MATTHEW UMSTEAD | October 7, 2006
HAGERSTOWN - Citicorp Credit Services Inc., Washington County's third largest employer, announced plans Thursday to hire about 200 people, and will hold a recruitment open house Tuesday for prospective job applicants. "Over the next two months, we will hire nearly 200 employees for our customer contact positions and we need to fill many management positions as well," company President Deb Gorbsky said in a press release. "We expect a nice infusion of strong talent and leadership potential," Gorbsky said.
NEWS
by TIFFANY ARNOLD | June 2, 2006
A vote by Hagerstown Community College's Board of Trustees to change employees' benefits during a retreat last month at Fountain Head Country Club was appropriate, board chairman Merle S. Elliott said. The board unanimously agreed to raise co-payment rates and change eligibility requirements for retirement benefits at what was called a special meeting during an annual retreat May 2. Minutes from the meeting - distributed during the board's regular monthly meeting Tuesday - detailed the changes to employee benefits.
NEWS
by TIFFANY ARNOLD | May 31, 2006
Retirees of Hagerstown Community College will pay more for their health benefits, after the college's Board of Trustees made several changes to employee benefits during a special meeting May 2. Employees also will have more years to wait until they are eligible for retirement benefits. The changes take effect July 1, according to documents provided at the board's regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday. Employees now will have to wait 10 years before they can receive retirement benefits, instead of a five-year minimum, said Guy Altieri, the college's president.
NEWS
by ANDREW SCHOTZ | April 12, 2006
WILLIAMSPORT - The town changed its employee benefits program in two ways on Monday. Acting on a recommendation by James R. Castle, the acting clerk/treasurer, the Williamsport Town Council voted unanimously to change the date when employees are compensated for banked vacation and sick time. The town will compensate employees on the anniversary of the dates they were hired instead of at the end of the fiscal year. In addition, employees for the first time will be able to carry over up to 80 hours of vacation and sick time.
NEWS
April 4, 2001
Health care changed TARA REILLY tarar@herald-mail.com The Washington County Commissioners' attempt to consolidate health care providers for county, Board of Education and Hagerstown Community College employees fell short, but the commissioners and School Board went ahead Tuesday with provider changes. The County Commissioners voted to switch county health care, dental and prescription drug provider from CIGNA to CareFirst, a move that will save the county about $147,000, according to a consultant hired to study costs.
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