Workers at the Johns Hopkins Hospital are preparing to launch a four-day strike next Friday, their second in three months.
The majority of the 2,000 service and maintenance workers, who are represented by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, voted late Tuesday to authorize the strike after negotiations with hospital management throughout the day failed to yield an agreement, said union spokesman Jim McNeill.
McNeill said the hospital’s most recent proposed contract terms were “disappointing.”
The bargaining committee (a small group of employees that represents the workers) will meet with Hopkins administrators again on Monday, but unless there is “significant movement” during those talks, the workers will strike from June 27 through June 30, McNeill said.
The workers will need to vote again next week to confirm whether they want to strike.
Kim Hoppe, a spokeswoman for Hopkins, said in a statement that hospital executives hope to reach a fair settlement quickly.
“Johns Hopkins Hospital strives to provide a positive work experience for all of our employees,” Hoppe said in the statement. “As part of that commitment, we have made sure that the pay scale and our benefits for our positions are better than most hospitals in our region.”
The dispute began several months ago, since before the workers’ last labor contract expired on March 31. The workers launched a three-day strike in early April and followed up with a major rally last month.