A Scrap Metal Swat team has a poor man cornered in a long abandoned, contaminated government building as he was trying to steal copper piping. Threats of dogs flush him out.
A series of youth fighting on corners of affluent downtown raise concerns. This behavior is long-standing in poor communities as it is a symptom of poverty, but now it is overflowing into affluent neighborhoods and will be addressed.
A man working for a private subcontractor hired by the city to avoid paying the required living wage is caught bribing a city customer. He was earning double-poverty wages and needed to earn more money to live.
When you hear a Third Way Democrat speak to you of the 'NEW ECONOMY'....this is what you'll get. There can be no middle-class when the upper-class is continually defrauding you and the lower-class is bribing, cheating, and stealing from you. This is a society like Afganistan and these 1% and their politicians are trying their hardest to move us towards it. It takes a police state to control such inequity and Baltimore is moving towards this. Let's be clear.....it is not totally the fault of these poor people above that they are behaving badly, it is the policies of our government and civic leaders that create this inequity. You and I would behave the same way if we fell into long-term poverty!
2 Men Arrested For Attempted Copper Theft At Condemned Mental Hospital Building
May 15, 2012 11:22 PM Reporting Meghan McCorkell
CATONSVILLE, Md. (WJZ)— Barricaded inside a dangerous building for hours. Police say a man trying to steal copper holed up inside an abandoned structure at a psychiatric hospital.
Meghan McCorkell has more.
After several hours, that man finally gave himself up to police, but the show of force is a sign the county is cracking down on copper thieves.
A tactical team prepared to enter a vacant building on the Spring Grove Hospital campus. Police were called after two men were seen going inside with hacksaws and crowbars. One was caught immediately.
“The other one escaped up into the attic of that building. A search was initiated but had to be called off due to darkness,” said Greg Shipley, Maryland State Police.
Lack of light wasn’t the only issue. The building has been condemned since the 1970s and is filled with hazardous materials.
“That building is very dangerous. It is loaded with asbestos, possibly PCBs, lead, black mold,” said Joseph Gannon, who works nearby.
THIS POWERFUL WORKER'S RIGHTS GROUP FOUGHT FOR A LIVING WAGE AND RECEIVED A RAISE TO $11.30 AN HOUR IN 2003. NOW, THE CITY HAS MADE THE HARBOR AN 'ENTERPRISE ZONE' WHERE STRONG WAGES FOR EMPLOYEES ARE A PART OF THE TAX BREAK CONTRACT. gIVEN THAT THE CITY CIRCUMVENTS THESE LIVING WAGES IN JUST ABOUT EVERY SECTOR OF GOVERNMENT THROUGH SUBCONTRACTING, AND GIVEN THAT THE CITY REFUSES TO AUDIT THESE BUSINESS TAX BREAK AGREEMENTS TO SEE IF THESE BUSINESSES ARE MEETING THEIR COMMITMENTS........I'D FEEL SAFE TO SAY THAT THE HARBOR WORKERS ARE NOT GETTING THE WAGE FOR WHICH THEY FOUGHT.
United WorkersLow-wage workers leading the way to poverty\’s end.
The Living Wages at Camden Yards Campaign resulted in raised wages for cleaners at the stadium from a flat rate that averaged less than $4.50 an hour in 2003 to the state’s living wage rate of $11.30 an hour. As a result, each year more than $300,000 has shifted to meeting the needs of low-wage workers and families, instead of profiting exploitive temp agencies paying poverty wages. After a three year struggle, workers announced that a hunger strike of 14 workers and allies would commence without a living wages solution by September 1, 2007. On the day of the deadline, Governor O’Malley called on the publicly owned stadium to shift policy and pay cleaners a living wage.