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More Than 2,000 Hospital Workers Poised To Strike At 3 Hospitals

December 2, 1986

BALTIMORE (AP) _ More than 2,000 workers at three Baltimore hospitals rejected management’s latest contract offer Monday night but authorized talks to continue to try to avert a strike on Tuesday.

Members of District 1199E of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees voted to give their bargaining committees power to decide whether to would walk out or extend a 6 a.m. Tuesday strike deadline, said Allison Porter, a union spokeswoman.

The union represents housekeeping, maintenance and dietary personnel as well as pharmacy aides and nursing assistants at Sinai Hospital, Johns Hopkins Hospital and Libert Medical Center.

Talks were to resume Monday evening.

″If nothing changes, there will be a strike,″ Ms. Porter said.

Terms of the hospitals’ proposal have not been disclosed. The unions have demanded a 5 percent wage increase and a say in some management decisions.