Strike at Johns Hopkins put on hold

A strike by workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital initially planned for Friday night has been put on hold.

See also: Johns Hopkins workers to end three-day strike without deal

Gov. Martin O’Malley announced a "cooling off period" between the 1199 SEIU union and the hospital in a statement Thursday.

“Today I urged 1199 SEIU and the Johns Hopkins Hospital management to take a one week cooling off period. 1199 SEIU has agreed not to strike at this time -- I appreciate both sides’ willingness to continue negotiating in good faith,” O’Malley said in the statement.

The union says their goal is get the minimum up to $15 for workers with 15 years of experience. The hospital has said the raise sought by workers is not in line with what’s needed to stay fiscally responsible.

The hospital said it was ready to deal with the strike by asking non-union employees to fill positions held by striking workers.

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