RNs - New Jersey

Hospital workers threaten strike

Charles Hack, Jersey Journal, May 22, 2009 Wearing red T-shirts and waving the flag of their union, about 250 nurses and other hospital workers marched around the Bayonne Medical Center twice yesterday afternoon before rallying in front of the East 29th Street entrance. Members of the Health Professionals and Allied Employees union, the workers represented four Hudson County hospitals whose union contracts expire May 31. To show they mean business, the employees of BMC, Christ Hospital in Jersey City, Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, and Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus, voted to authorize a one-day strike on June 2 ... Hospital

Nurses, healthcare workers at Palisades Medical Center OK strike

Charles Hack, Jersey Journal, May 21, 2009 Palisades Medical Center in North Bergen, where union nurses and healthcare workers voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if there is no new contract by May 31. Union nurses and healthcare workers polled at the Palisades Medical Center yesterday joined workers at three other Hudson County hospitals in giving their union a green light to strike if a new contract can't be negotiated with management by the end of the month, officials said. In what the Health Professionals and Allied Employees described as a "strong turnout," 96 percent of those voting cast their ballots in favor of authorizing a strike ... Nurses

Cooper and nurses reach contract agreement

Gloucester County Times, May 21, 2009 Camden - Cooper University Hospital and the Health Professionals & Allied Employees (HPAE), the union representing Cooper nurses, have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. The contract is scheduled to be voted on by nurses on Tuesday. The two-year contract starts June 1. Cooper University Hospital has nearly 1,000 HPAE nurses who treat patients throughout the Delaware Valley in both in-patient and out-patient facilities. The tentative agreement at CUH is among the first of eight contracts being negotiated around the state by HPAE and NJ hospitals affecting more than 5000 nurses and health care workers. Details of the tentative agreement are being withheld until the members vote.

Cooper U. Hospital, nurses have contract

Philadelphia Business Journal, May 21, 2009 Cooper University Hospital said Thursday that it has reached a tentative two-year contract agreement with its nurses. The specifics on the deal are not being released until members of the Health Professionals & Allied Employees union vote on it Tuesday, the hospital said. The new contract would begin June 1. Cooper University Hospital is part of the Camden, NJ-based Cooper Health System. All contents of this site © American City Business Journals Inc. All rights reserved.

Nurses, healthcare workers at 3 hospitals vote yes to authorize strike

Charles Hack, Jersey Journal, May 19, 2009 Nurses and health care workers at three Hudson County hospitals voted overwhelming to authorize their union to strike if negotiations with employers fail to deliver a new contract by the end of the month, officials said. Health Professionals and Allied Employees announced that 93 percent of members balloted at meetings Monday at Christ Hospital in Jersey City, Bayonne Medical Center and Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus voted to authorize the union to strike. ... Nurses

SJH nurses unite in victory

Union strikes deal with administration. Miles Jackson, Vineland Daily
Journal, November 15, 2007 Vineland - Registered nurses from South
Jersey Healthcare said they could reach a contract by November 13. A
few hours over that deadline early Wednesday, November 14, the nurses'
negotiating unit from Health Professions and Allied Employees reached a
tentative agreement with the hospital system's administration. The
tentative contract - more than 10 months in the making and 17 months
after nurses first voted in favor of joining the union - will be put to
a ratification vote Monday night, according to union officials. ... SJH

Over working nurses having impact on patient care

Lehigh Valley News, November 13, 2007 There's no questioning the
remarkable contributions of nurses in the Garden State. Anyone who has
spent any time in a hospital knows the nurses keep the place running
while providing compassionate care to all in need. Now there's
documentation that all that effort comes at a price. The Star-Ledger of
Newark reports that nurses are exhausted - fatigued to the point that
they are missing significant changes in their patients' conditions.
More than 22,000 nurses contributed to the Rutgers University survey
that points to increased workload and its impact on care. ... Over

Nurses union files lawsuit

Matt Dunn, Today's Sunbeam, July 13, 2007 Vineland - The Health Professionals and Allied Employees union filed unfair labor practice charges against South Jersey Healthcare which operates SJH-Elmer Hospital. In a statement, SJH dismissed Thursday as "disingenuous and misleading", the union which represents 750 of South Jersey Healthcare's registered nurses claims SJH has failed to bargain in good faith. "Our intent is to bargain a contract containing high standards for the health and safety of nurses and patients that will make this the hospital of choice to work in, and to come to in time of illness," said RN Karen Bailey, in a statement released on behalf of the nurses' bargaining committee. ... Nurses

When management plays rough

Hostile anti-union campaign at Somerset, NYSNA files charges. Mark Genovese, New York State Nurses Association, April 2007 Not many Registered Nurses at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, NJ, had heard of Brent Yessin when NYSNA announced plans for a union election on Feb. 5. But as an anti-union consultant hired by the hospital, he orchestrated a campaign of fear and lies that prevented NYSNA from becoming the nurses' collective bargaining representative - for now. Yessin is one of more than 10,000 active union busters in the nation who make a living demoralizing and intimidating employees who try to unionize their workplaces. ... When

NYSNA makes waves at Somerset Medical Center

Mark Genovese, New York State Nurses Association, March 2007 While still in the middle of an organizing campaign at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, New Jersey, the New York State Nurses Association stepped in to defend the rights of RNs laid off through the illegal closing of the hospital's inpatient psychiatric unit. Somerset administrators suddenly closed the unit on October 24, 2003. "This unit also happened to employ some of NYSNA's strongest supporters," said Marvin Moschel, assistant director for organizing of NYSNA's Economic & General Welfare Program. "More than a dozen RN jobs were lost, with the administration claiming in a memo to staff that it closed the unit because the census was low and the RNs were providing care that was below par." ... NYSNA

Vineland hospital nurses get union

Daniel Walsh, Press of Atlantic City, January 31, 2007 Vineland - The National Labor Relations Board rejected South Jersey Healthcare's appeal of a July nurses' union election, clearing the way for the creation of the hospital's first union. The federal agency upheld an administrative law judge's recommendation that only 14 still-uncounted ballots were valid for the election at the Vineland-based hospital network. With the current vote tally at 303-287 in favor of a union, the uncounted ballots could not turn the election against the union, Health Professionals and Allied Employees. The hospital's trustee board met Monday night and it appears it will not take the case further. ... Vineland

NLRB backs union

Matt Dunn, Today's Sunbeam, January 31, 2007 Vineland - The stand-off between South Jersey Healthcare and the Health Professionals and Allied Employees union is over, and the union has won. Union officials announced Tuesday the National Labor Relations Board has rejected SJH's appeal of a July 2006 union election, clearing the way for SJH's 750 registered nurses to join the 11,000-member HPAE. Among those eligible to join the union are those SJH nurses at South Jersey Healthcare-Elmer Hospital in Elmer. In the appeal, SJH accused HPAE of electioneering and other underhanded tactics to win the election, in which 303 nurses voted to join HPAE while 287 voted against it. ... NLRB

Nurses fail in effort to unionize

Defeated by 407-316 vote. Andrea Alexander, Asbury Park Press, January 12, 2007 Toms River - Nurses at Community Medical Center shot down a proposal to unionize Thursday following a bitter battle with the hospital administration and other opponents of the effort to join the New York State Nurses Association. Representatives from the National Labor Relations Board hand counted the ballots before a crowd of administrators and nurses. The proposal to unionize was defeated on a vote of 407 to 316. About 790 nurses were eligible to vote. This is the second unsuccessful attempt by Community Medical nurses to unionize; the first was in 2005. ... Nurses

Community Medical Center nurses hold pro-union rally to fortify vote

Andrea Alexander, Asbury Park Press, January 9, 2007 Nurses at Community Medical Center in Toms River held a rally outside the hospital Monday to try to drum up support for unionizing before a vote Thursday on a proposal to join the New York State Nurses Association. The hospital nurses were joined by representatives from the association and other labor groups including Charlie Wowkanech, president of the New Jersey AFL-CIO. Nurses, who said they are fighting for more staffing and better working conditions, carried signs with the slogans "It's about time" and "solidarity" as they were led by nurses association representatives in chanting "solidarity forever." ... Community

Deal or no deal for hospital?

Matt Dunn, Bridgeton News, December 15, 2006 Vineland - South Jersey Healthcare offered this week to drop its appeal of an election to unionize its 800 plus nurses with the 11,000-member Health Professionals and Allied Employees - under one condition. The union would have had to agree to open 19 sealed votes tossed out by an administrative law judge, HPAE Public Policy Director Jeanne Otterson said Thursday. No deal, she stated. If the majority of those unopened votes wound up being against HPAE, it could turn the tide of a July election in which 299 nurses voted in favor of joining the union and 279 voted against. ... Deal

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