Laborers fight to save jobs at Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University wants to cut 35 blue-collar jobs at their School of Medicine, arguing that these layoffs are necessary to save money. “Yet the University plans to hire outside contractors to perform the employees’ duties,” reports Local 572 of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA), which represents the employees, who include a wide variety of workers at the University, from custodians to trades people to lab technicians. Local 572 – currently in contract negotiations with Johns Hopkins — has already gathered almost 800 of the 1,000 signatures they need on a petition to help save the jobs and livelihoods of these working families.

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