Tag: living wage

Danny Glover Tells Hopkins to Pay Its Service Workers a Living Wage

Danny Glover
Danny Glover at Cannes. Photo by Georges Biard.

On Saturday, actor and activist Danny Glover was in Baltimore to join 2,000 Johns Hopkins service workers in demanding the hospital increase the employees’ “poverty pay” — which the union says requires many workers to rely on government assistance to make ends meet.

In Glover’s impassioned address to the crowd gathered McKeldin Square, he said the campaign is “a call to action”

and demanded that Hopkins administrators “get in that negotiating room.” (Also on hand, Wire actor Wendell Pierce had a more bumper sticker-ready slogan: “You can pay these employees a living wage at the greatest hospital in the world.”)

Johns Hopkins’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources Pamela Paulk replied to the media that administrators “are looking forward to being back at the table,” and according to the hospital’s blog, they’re just waiting for the union to take a break from its “media campaign” to continue good-faith negotiations.

2,000 Workers Strike at Johns Hopkins



Johns Hopkins Hospital’s service, maintenance, and technical employees went on strike at 6 a.m. and said they will picket around the clock until 6 p.m. Friday to push for hourly wages of at least $14 by the end of a four-year contract and $15 in the first year of a contract for a worker with 15 years of experience.

Union spokesperson Jim McNeill said the workers strike was authorized after the hospital’s “last, best, final” offer of $12.25 or less by the end of a four-year contract was rejected for being “so weak.” The union claims that “40 percent of Hopkins workers with at least 15 years of service make less than $14.92 an hour.” In other words, they qualify for food stamps.

O’Malley to Push for Raising the Minimum Wage to $10 in Maryland


What was he thinking?

Gov. Martin O’Malley figures that the minimum wage would be around $10 an hour if it had kept up with inflation since 1968 ($20 if it had kept up with productivity!), and so $10 amount he’s “zeroing in on” for Maryland workers, up from the current $7.25. That’s according to O’Malley’s appearance Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union.

As the Baltimore Sun points out, a minimum wage increase could produce complications for businesses who employ tipped workers. The reason is that businesses in Maryland have to pay their employees 50 percent of minimum wage out of pocket and only have to pay the other 50 percent if the workers fail to make up the difference in tips.

Wal-Mart Is Mad at DC City Council, Threatens Massive Sulk over Living Wage

Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Because they’re jerks, Wal-Mart’s corporate management is threatening to scrap the three stores it had planned to build in Washington, DC if the city council doesn’t play by its rules. What’s got them so upset? Oh, this little thing called “paying employees a fair wage.”

The DC City Council is in the midst of passing a bill that would require stores doing business in spaces of 75,000 square feet or more to pay employees at least $12.50 an hour. To put things in perspective:  both of the Baltimore-area Whole Foods grocery stores are around 25,000 square feet.  Wal-Mart’s total revenue for the first quarter of 2013 was $114.2 billion — and that was considered “disappointing.”

How Much Do You Need to Earn Just to Get By in Baltimore?


How much money would an average person with one kid need to just eke by — you know, with enough money for food and rent and health insurance, but no frills — in Baltimore? Take a wild guess:   $25,000? $35,000?