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Johns Hopkins workers eye vote on labor contract

Members of a union representing 2,000 hospital workers are weighing in on a labor agreement reached earlier this week with Johns Hopkins Hospital after months of contentious negotiations with the medical institution.

Friday marks the end of a ratification period for the proposed contract, which calls for minimum wage increases for environmental services, kitchen and maintenance workers.

Under the agreement, workers with 20 years of experience will earn at least $15 an hour. Workers with 15 years of experience will earn $14.50 by 2015, and all workers will earn at least $12.60 per hour by 2018.

Negotiations began in March, and the union went on strike in April after rejecting the hospital’s offer of a $12 minimum wage.

The parties reached an agreement after Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley intervened.