Some Hopkins workers go on strike, demand better pay

Two thousand workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital went on strike Wednesday morning in efforts to end what they call “poverty pay.”

See also: Johns Hopkins negotiating new contract with caregivers

The labor union 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East representing 2,000 service, maintenance and technical workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital says their wages are unfairly low.

The workers want to establish a new fair wage standard saying that despite Hopkins being America's #1 hospital, most caregivers there rely on food stamps, Medicaid and other programs just to make ends-meet.

Hopkins' most recent contract proposal would bump the minimum wage up to $13 an hour.  The union voted Tuesday to reject that proposal and go on a three-day strike.

The union is calling for a minimum wage of $15 an hour for every worker. The hospital has called that amount unaffordable.

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