April 10, 2001
MEDIA CONTACT : Gary Stephenson
TO ARRANGE PRESS PARKING, CALL BETH SIMPKINS AT 410-955-4288. BROADCAST VEHICLES MAY PARK IN FRONT OF THE DOME ON BROADWAY. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT HOSPITAL POLICIES GOVERNING ACCESS BY A STILL OR VIDEO CAMERAS WILL REMAIN IN FORCE.
Leaders of District 1199E-DC/ Service Employees International Union have announced a strike at The Johns Hopkins Hospital beginning at noon Thursday, April 19, and probably ending at midnight Saturday, April 21. The Union has not provided a firm end date for its strike, but has indicated the April 21 time in materials distributed to the press.
While Hopkins remains committed to resolving management/labor issues at the bargaining table, the institution is fully prepared to operate all essential services during the strike. None of SEIUís members are physicians, nurses or others involved in direct patient care. As with the previous two SEIU job actions this year, we can reassure patients and visitors that patient care will not be compromised.
To accommodate press coverage while assuring minimum disruption to our patients and visitors during the strike, Public Affairs staff will operate a Press Center beginning at 8 a.m. in the Weinberg Auditorium in the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building, 401 N. Broadway. All on-site press requests for information, official statements and updates will be handled by Public Affairs staff, either in the Center or at their regular offices at 550 North Broadway, Suite 1100, 410-955-6680, during business hours. On-call personnel will be reachable through regular channels after business hours.