BALTIMORE - Three days of picketing by Johns Hopkins employees ends Friday.
About 2,000 workers have been outside the Baltimore hospital during that time demanding better pay. Friday they were joined by supporters including doctors and students who support the workers.
Right now, the people on the picket line say they make less than they need to feed their families. They say that the new wage proposal would cost the hospital less than one percent increase in payroll costs.
The labor union 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East want to establish a new fair wage standard saying that despite Hopkins being America's No. 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 the 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