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Baltimore
5:30 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Security Officers Seek Security for Themselves

More than half of the Brantley Security officers who work in Harbor East signed a petition to unionize. They allege the company's Project Manager Glenn Fuller threw it in the trash after he changed his mind in accepting it.
Credit 32BJ SEIU

The guards who provide security around Harbor East are looking to unionize, citing unsafe working conditions. And they’re getting support from city hall and elsewhere.

Baltimore City Council President Jack Young introduced a resolution in the council last month supporting the officers, who work for Brantley security.

“I think it’s a constitutional right of workers to unionize if that’s what they so choose,” Young said.

The guards also are getting support from the Baltimore City chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

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Election 2014
4:48 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Rodwell To Retire At The End Of Her Term

State Sen. Verna Jones-Rodwell (at the podium) being supported by her husband Gary Rodwell and State Sens. Catherine Pugh and Joan Carter-Conway as she announced her retirement from public office at the end of her term in January.
Credit P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

State Senator Verna Jones-Rodwell announced Monday she is abandoning her re-election campaign and retiring from office at the end of her term in January.

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Election 2014
5:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

What Anne Arundel Endorsements Say About Maryland GOP

Credit Kyle Leslie, Matt Purdy / WYPR

What Anne Arundel Endorsements Say About Maryland GOP

WYPR's Fraser Smith and Joel McCord talk about recent endorsements in the Anne Arundel County Executive race and how they might reflect contrasting visions for the Republican Party in Maryland.

Baltimore County
3:59 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Kamenetz Eyes Future Of School Buildings

Members of the Baltimore County Council examining highlights of County Executive Kevin Kamenetz' 2015 budget proposal. Kamenetz announced a decade long overhaul of school buildings; many of which are at least 40 years old.
Credit P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz unveiled Wednesday a $1.1 billion school building program to accommodate increased enrollment of more than 9,000 students.

The plan, announced as part of his State of the County/Budget Message, would renovate and expand some schools and replace others over the next 10 years.

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Baltimore
6:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

The Mayor, the Money and the Meeting

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake defending her record on supporting job for ex-offenders at a news conference Wednesday. BUILD is demanding a meeting to discuss her refusal to provide funding for their jobs program in Oliver. The mayor said "all they have to do is ask."
Credit P. Kenneth Burns / WYPR

Baltimoreans United in Leadership Development (BUILD) wants Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to schedule a meeting with them by April 21 or they’ll take things into their own hands.

The faith-based coalition of community activists wants to know why the mayor turned down a request for money to help run a transitional jobs program for ex-offenders in the Oliver neighborhood of East Baltimore. And they say she’s been stonewalling them.

“We were under the impression that we were moving forward with the plan,” said Melvin Wilson, coordinator of BUILD’s citywide jobs team.

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