Policy: Labor

2,000 Johns Hopkins hospital employees on strike

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BALTIMORE (AP) — Two thousand Johns Hopkins hospital employees from maintenance workers to housekeepers and kitchen staff are on strike after union leaders and officials failed to agree on a wage increase.

The union rejected the hospital's final offer of $12 an hour Monday night. Workers went on strike Tuesday and will continue through Friday. The union wants $15 an hour for workers who have at least 15 years of experience.

Temporary and non-union employees are covering shifts while the union employees are on strike.

A spokesman for Johns Hopkins says the hospital is working with the labor union to reach a settlement.

Both sides say they expect to return to the negotiation table Monday.

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