Johns Hopkins Hospital workers to begin negotiations again

Service workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital will begin a new round of negotiations with the medical institution Tuesday, several days after a strike was averted when Gov. Martin O'Malley asked both sides to take a one-week cooling-off period.

The 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East labor union, which represents 2,000 Hopkins workers, is at odds with the hospital mostly over the issue of pay raises.

Hospital officials said people's schedules made it better to meet earlier than to take a reprieve. Both sides said they hope to be able to come to an agreement.

In asking the hospital and workers take the reprieve, O'Malley said preventing a strike was in the best interest of the state.

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