The union representing 3,000 employees at five area hospitals announced last night it had tentatively agreed to a three-year contract with the largest institution, Johns Hopkins, providing pay raises averaging 4 percent a year.
Existing contracts with all five hospitals were set to expire at midnight last night, and union officials said they would continue negotiating with the other four. All the contracts must be ratified by members.
Service Employees International Union Local 1199E-DC represents service and maintenance workers at Sinai Hospital, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Maryland General Hospital, Liberty Medical Center and Johns Hopkins Hospital, which employs 1,600 of the union's members.
Local President Robert Moore termed the agreement a "first-of-its-kind settlement" with provisions for retraining and assurances that workers would have access to new jobs as the hospital restructures in coming years. A Hopkins spokesman said the agreement is "very fair."