Save the Jobs of SOM Maintenance Employees at Johns Hopkins University

Save the Jobs of SOM Maintenance Employees at Johns Hopkins University

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Johns Hopkins University, the global leader in medical research, is in collective bargaining negotiations with its blue-collar employees, who are represented by Local 572 of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA). These blue-collar employees include a wide-variety of workers at the University, from custodians, to trades people, to lab technicians.

Despite an endowment valued at approximately $6.2 billion as of 2019, the University is demanding that the Union agree to a reduction-in-force of thirty-five (35) maintenance employees who work at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, one of best regarded and most exclusive medical schools in the world. The University claims that the layoffs are necessary to save money, although the University plans to hire outside contractors to perform the employees’ duties. The University proposes to implement these layoffs on March 1, 2021. 

Johns Hopkins first raised its layoff proposal on November 10, 2020, less than 60 days before the current collective bargaining agreement was due to expire and almost four months after Local 572 first requested the University’s bargaining proposals in July of 2020.

Many of the employees that Johns Hopkins is trying to layoff have long tenures, including some who have more than 30 years at the University. Their employment with Johns Hopkins offers these employees health and retirement benefits that will not be easily replaced in other jobs. In short, the University’s proposal will impose crushing disruption to the lives of the employees slated for layoff.

If you think it is unfair of Johns Hopkins to ask its blue-collar workers to bear the brunt of the losses caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, then please sign the petition below telling Johns Hopkins to withdraw its proposal to eliminate these jobs.

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