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Prepare for a strike at The Johns Hopkins Hospital

To CEOs, VPs, JHH/JHHSC/SOM administrators, vice deans, directors and managers

Note: This message is for managers who supervise faculty and staff who work at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. For others receiving this email, it is for informational purposes.

Dear Colleagues,

The Johns Hopkins Hospital is in the middle of our union negotiations with 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East for a new contract covering about 2,000 hospital employees. While we continue to negotiate in good faith, we have not yet reached an agreement.

The union is required to give a 10-day notice of an intended strike or other job action. We received their intent to strike beginning at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9, and ending at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 11. The hospital remains committed to resolving these management/labor issues in hopes of avoiding this strike or any other job action.

As a reminder, if there is a strike, The Johns Hopkins Hospital will implement the following measures as contingencies:

  • All hospital operations will continue uninterrupted, and offices will maintain normal business hours. Managers are strongly encouraged to make every effort to allow employees’ time off that has been scheduled in advance. However, if no coverage can be found, the manager is authorized to cancel time off scheduled during the strike.
  • While bargaining unit employees have the legal right to strike, the hospital must take appropriate precautions to protect fellow employees, patients and visitors. Though we do not expect any problems, any acts of vandalism or violence on hospital property will be addressed immediately by security. Individuals engaging in illegal conduct will be subject to criminal prosecution.
  • Hospital employees and managers should consult with department strike coordinators about specific questions or contact the Office of HR Consulting and Labor Relations at 410-955-6783.  

Please refer to the special edition of Inside Hopkins for more details about the strike contingency plan. For more information on the status of negotiations, contact the HR Consulting and Labor Relations office at 410-955-6783 or visit the Labor Relations website at


Bonnie Windsor
Vice President of Human Resources
The Johns Hopkins Hospital