Johns Hopkins workers to rally for better pay Saturday

Caregivers at Johns Hopkins have been pushing for better wages, with thousands of union workers staging a three-day strike in April and another demonstration expected this weekend.

The strike ended without a deal on the table. The union, 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, met with the hospital April 30, but the two were not able to reach an agreement and mediation has stalled.

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In the continued push for better pay, the union is planning a demonstration Saturday, May 10, from 12- 3 p.m. in McKeldin Square in Downtown Baltimore.

The "Mothers' March & Rally for Justice" will start in the square at noon with a march to Westshore Park. Guest speakers include Danny Glover and The Wire's Wendell Pierce.

“Although this is not a strike, patients, visitors and employees are encouraged to use the bridges from the Orleans Street garage in order to avoid picketers or demonstrators,” a release states.

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Employees are also should have their badges available to gain entrance to the hospital on Saturday, because increased security may cause delays for employees without badges.

The union is calling for a pay rate of $15 an hour for workers with 15 or more years’ experience.

The hospital has not made any public statements since the strike last month.
At that time, the hospital said in a statement they were, “negotiating in good faith to reach a settlement that’s fair to everyone and reflects financial responsibility on the part of the hospital.”

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