BALTIMORE COUNTY - The debate over fair wages could put the quality of hospital care at risk.
Johns Hopkins is tied up in negotiations with 2,000 of its caregivers, after the contract expired Monday night.
The workers want to establish a new fair wage standard.
Saying despite Hopkins being America's #1 hospital, most caregivers there rely on food stamps, Medicaid and other programs just to make ends-meet.
The caregivers claim around 1.400 make less than $15.00 an hour - including those who have been at Hopkins for 15 years.
Hopkins' current contract proposal would bump the minimum wage up to $12.00 an hour.
Both groups will meet on Thursday to continue contract negotiations.