A union representing 2,000 workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltmore is in negotiations with the medical institution over workers' wages after Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley stepped in to stop a planned four-day strike.
Talks between the union and the hospital resumed Tuesday after a previous round of negotiations stalled last week when the medical institution and the union failed to agree on a minimum wage for all Hopkins workers, with the union pushing for $14 an hour and the medical institution settling on $12.25.
The workers are made up of kitchen staff, maintenance workers and environmental services employees, including floor technicians and area cleaners responsible for changing patients' linens, sterilizing rooms and floors, and discarding medical waste.
The SEIU1199 United Healthcare Workers East union, have been in negotiations with the hospital since March. They went on strike in April after the union rejected Johns Hopkins' offer of a $12 an hour minimum wage. Temporary workers covered shifts while the workers were on strike.