April 19, 2001
MEDIA CONTACT : Joann Rodgers
We’re pleased to report that a tentative contract agreement reached by The Johns Hopkins Hospital and District 1199E-DC SEIU represents and reflects our shared commitment to the economic well being of workers, the care of patients, and the long-term economic health of the Hospital. The new three-year contract, which expires December 1, 2003, builds on the partnership we have enjoyed for nearly three decades.
Although the precise details of the tentative contract won’t be available for public release until Hopkins workers have voted on the agreement, we can confirm that the package includes solid across-the-board annual wage increases; an immediate increase to the lowest wage rate and, by the end of the contract, a $10 per hour minimum wage for all current employees.
In addition, the package provides improvements to the pension program; an agreement to form a joint study group to look at additional enhancements to the pension plan; and a commitment to enhance the model training fund already in place to help union workers upgrade skills and earning potential. Finally, this contract assures workers of the continued availability of affordable health care insurance.
As you know, these were sometimes difficult negotiations, but it’s important to emphasize that they were protracted in part because of the financial constraints under which our highly regulated hospitals must operate.
Both Hopkins Hospital and SEIU understand and are mutually committed to the need to keep channels of communications open and to explore innovative ways to achieve the advancement of our Hopkins employees.