Union readies protests at Hopkins and Sinai

MARYLAND WATCH

December 09, 1997

A hospital workers' union plans three-hour walkouts and protests at Johns Hopkins and Sinai hospitals at noon tomorrow unless a new contract agreement is reached.

Both hospitals said they would maintain normal patient services in the event of a walkout.

District 1199E of the Service Employees International Union is seeking new contracts to replace three-year pacts that expired this month. Bargaining sessions with both Hopkins and Sinai are scheduled today. The union represents cleaning, maintenance, food service and clerical employees -- about 1,500 workers at Hopkins and about 550 at Sinai.

The scheduled protest rally at Hopkins would feature a speech by Andrew L. Stern, SEIU international president. Workers would leave the hospital at noon and walk to the playing field at Dunbar High for the rally.

A Hopkins spokesman, Gary Stephenson, said the hospital hoped to reach an agreement, but "we have things in place to cover any temporary work stoppages."

Jill Bloom, a Sinai spokeswoman, said any disruption should be minor: "You may have one less choice of entree at lunch."

Pub Date: 12/09/97

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