Possible impending strike at Johns Hopkins Hospital


Workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital told 11 News an impending strike was looming. An employee told 11 News he planned to strike on October 1. on these shifts in the event of a work stoppage. Negotiations between Johns Hopkins Hospital and United Healthcare Workers East have been going on for months. The union represents about 1,800 of the hospital’s 11,000 employees. They range from essential support services to patient care stations, environmental services, patient transportation and surgical technicians, among others. The hospital confirms that their current contract expires in 10 days. Non-union employees tell 11 News that they received a message from human resources on Tuesday referring to these contract negotiations, saying that if an agreement is not reached by September 30, it seems that staff could be drawn from other areas to cover. He says the hospital’s plan is to have those employees work two to three shifts a week and that staff shouldn’t exceed the hours of a typical workweek. Some of the non-union employees who received the email are concerned. One, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘The fact that they are more willing to take away our responsibilities to our patients instead of giving these workers the value they deserve disgusts me.’ Kim Hoppe, vice president of communications for John Hopkins Medicine, responded, in part, saying, “As is customary in any late-stage contract negotiation process, the hospital is preparing staff to ensure that there will be no disruption to the patient experience in the event of a strike. We remain focused on providing the best possible care to our patients as well as reaching a fair deal for our employees.” Hospital workers said they hoped he would reach an agreement before the contract expires on September 30. The union said it was working to provide a statement.

Workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital told 11 News an impending strike was looming.

An employee told 11 News he planned to strike on October 1. Non-union employees said they received an email from the hospital on Tuesday saying they may need to replace those shifts in the event of a work stoppage.

Negotiations between Johns Hopkins Hospital and United Healthcare Workers East have been going on for months. The union represents about 1,800 of the hospital’s 11,000 employees. They range from essential support services to patient care stations, environmental services, patient transportation and surgical technicians, among others. The hospital confirms that their current contract expires in 10 days.

Non-union employees tell 11 News that they received a message from human resources on Tuesday referring to these contract negotiations, saying that if an agreement is not reached by September 30, it seems that staff could be removed other areas to cover.

He says the hospital’s plan is to have those employees work two to three shifts a week and that staff shouldn’t exceed the hours of a typical workweek.

Some of the non-union employees who received the email are concerned. One, who wished to remain anonymous, said: ‘The fact that they are more willing to take away our responsibilities to our patients instead of giving these workers the value they deserve disgusts me.’

Kim Hoppe, vice president of communications for John Hopkins Medicine, responded in part by saying, “As is customary in any late-stage contract negotiation process, the hospital is preparing staff to ensure that “there is no disruption to the patient experience in the event of a strike. We remain focused on delivering the best possible care to our patients as well as reaching a fair deal for our employees.”

Hospital workers said they hoped he would reach an agreement before the contract expires on September 30. The union said it was working to provide a statement.


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