Johns Hopkins Hospital reached a "tentative agreement" early Tuesday morning on a new contract with the labor union that represents 2,000 of its service workers, ending months of contentious wage negotiations that included a three-day strike in April.
Baltimore's police and fire unions are fighting a new proposal from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake to privatize part of the pensions of new employees — a move union officials argue will make it harder to recruit and retain the best young officers.
In a county whose slogan is "Choose Civility," rhetoric between the Howard County Education Association and school system leadership has been tense during the standoff over raises and other issues that lasted much of the school year, and is drifting now into the summer.
Local 333 owes nearly $4 million in damages owed to seven shippers affected by a strike last fall that violated the union contract. With payment still pending, it is now being sued in federal court by two shippers' organizations, the Steamship Trade Association of Baltimore and the United States Maritime Alliance, seeking to collect the damages on behalf of their members.
Gov. Martin O'Malley's recent decision to step into the wage fight between Johns Hopkins Hospital and its service workers may have signaled worries of the community consequences if the dispute brews on too long.
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.
On Friday, I and 2,000 of my co-workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital were scheduled to go on strike for the second time in two months. It's not a step we wanted to take, but one we thought we had to take. But late yesterday, we agreed to a one-week cooling off period at Gov. Martin O'Malley's request. We hope the time will make a difference.Johns Hopkins Hospital and strike 1199SEIU Ronald Peterson
A strike planned for Friday by service workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital has been averted after Gov. Martin O'Malley asked both sides to take a one week cooling off period, according to union officials.
The labor union representing service workers at Johns Hopkins Hospital have given the medical institution notice that employees are prepared to strike next week if negotiations over wages remained at a deadlock.
Baltimore County officials said Wednesday they would reimburse hundreds of police retirees for health insurance premiums the officers had been overcharged, signaling an end to a years-long court battle with the local police union.
The union in battle with Johns Hopkins Hospital over wages has proposed to a state panel that hospitals disclose if their workers receive food stamps and other public assistance when reporting what benefit the institutions provide to the community.
Many held signs reading "End Poverty Pay at Johns Hopkins Hospital." Some repeated union worker rally chants. Others brought their children and family for support. All gathered at the Inner Harbor to demand better wages and benefits from the world-renowned hospital.
A draft memo circulating at the Social Security Administration that suggests the agency could rely on the Internet to deliver most of its services is meeting with strong resistance from a labor union concerned that the idea would lead to closed field offices across the country.
The labor union representing service workers at The Johns Hopkins Hospital are planning a march and media blitz to criticize the hospital's labor practices after contract negotiations ordered by a federal mediator broke down late Wednesday.