Johns Hopkins Hospital workers preparing to strike again

BALTIMORE - More than 2,000 union workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital are set to strike this weekend if the negotiations don't continue.

The Service Employee International Union Local 1099 says it wants a living wage and the hopsital says it already pays that and more.

Today non-union workers at the hospital showed their solidarity.

Johns Hopkins Hospital is one of the most prestigious hospitals in the country. But when it comes to paying more than 20,00 technical and support staffers, the union representing them says the hospital's reputation is less than prestigious; it's appalling.

The proposal that the union says Hopkins walked away from would call for a workers with 15 years or more of experience to make a minimum of $15 an hour by 2015 and a $14 an hour wage for workers with a year of experience by 2018.

The union says unless the company comes back to the table they will strike for four days beginning on Friday. And they have support from some other staffers. A petition by more the 400 doctors, nurses, and public health students is asking the hospital to meet union demands.

At this point Hopkins says it made a fair offer to workers.

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