Hospital union issues strike notification

Maryland Watch

December 03, 1997

A hospital workers' union has given notice that it might strike Johns Hopkins or Sinai hospitals on or after Dec. 10, Fred D. Mason, executive vice president of District 1199E of the Service Employees International Union, said yesterday.

Mason and spokesmen for both hospitals said talks are continuing, and all parties said they are hopeful agreements can be reached without a strike.

District 1199E is also bargaining with Liberty Medical Center and Greater Baltimore Medical Center, but has not issued strike notifications to them. Under federal law, hospital workers cannot strike without giving at least 10 days' notice.

The union represents cleaning, maintenance, food service and clerical employees -- about 22 percent of the work force at each hospital, Mason said. He said membership is about 1,500 at Hopkins, 550 at Sinai, 400 at GBMC and 200 at Liberty.

Three-year contracts expired Dec. 1 but have been extended by mutual agreement. According to Hopkins, workers covered by the District 1199E contract make from $6.99 to $17.92 an hour, with an average of $9.92. Mason said contracts are similar at the other hospitals.

Pub Date: 12/03/97

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