RNs - New Jersey

Nurses back at table as strike looms

Lindy Washburn, NorthJersey.com, June 28, 2006

A federal mediator called both sides back to the bargaining table Tuesday night in an effort to head off a nurses strike Thursday morning at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.

Unionized nurses and hospital administrators appeared to be moving closer, but remained divided over pension benefits.

Replacement nurses, meanwhile, began boarding flights to New Jersey in case the strike is called, as planned, at 7 Thursday morning. ... Nurses

SJH to allow (sic) union election for nurses

Colleen P. Dunn, Today’s Sunbeam, June 27, 2006

Vineland - Just days after refusing to talk to union officials, South Jersey Healthcare has agreed to allow its nurses hold a union election.

The tentative date for the election is July 26.

"South Jersey Healthcare has agreed with the National Labor Relations Board to an election agreement that ensures a full and fair election for our RNs," SJH spokesman Paul Simon said in a statement. "It has been our position all along that once the union filed a petition for an election, we would work the NLRB to develop a fair election protocol." ... SJH

Nurses, hospital talking, but contract out of reach

William Lamb, NorthJersey.com, June 26, 2006

Contract negotiations between Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and a union representing 660 nurses resumed Sunday afternoon and continued into the evening without a breakthrough on pension benefits, representatives for both parties said.

As a Thursday strike deadline loomed, hospital officials said they would begin hiring replacement workers this morning to staff the 544-bed facility in the event of a walkout. ... Nurses

Hospital, nurses break off talks

Richard Cowen, NorthJersey.com, June 25, 2006

Contract talks between union nurses and Englewood Hospital and Medical Center broke off early Saturday without a settlement - and with the clock ticking toward the Thursday strike deadline.

Both sides met for about seven hours Friday, aided by state and federal mediators. But by 12:30 AM, nurse and hospital negotiators left the table without an agreement on how to fund the retirement benefits for the 660 nurses represented by the Healthcare Professionals and Allied Employees union. ... Hospital

Union calls for fair election at SJH

Colleen P. Dunn, Today's Sunbeam, June 22, 2006

Vineland - They were hoping to meet with the South Jersey Healthcare CEO.

Instead, they were met with a door closed in their faces.

A group of labor leaders, led by AFL-CIO Central Labor Council President Donald Norcross, were joined by Assemblyman Doug Fisher, Assemblyman Nelson Albano, and Cumberland County Freeholder Bruce Peterson Wednesday afternoon at the SJH-Regional Medical Center in Vineland.

They walked in a large group from the lobby of the hospital to the administration building off of College Drive. ... Union

Nurses Threaten Strike at Englewood Hospital

1010 WINS, June 17, 2006

Negotiations between the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and a union representing about 660 nurses broke down Saturday, with the nurses threatening to strike on June 29.

The Health Professionals and Allied Employees union said that while some progress has been made in the talks, the sticking point is that the hospital wants to eliminate the nurses' pension plan.

"This is a hospital board of wealthy individuals climbing out of the debt created by their former CEO by robbing the retirement community of hardworking nurses," said Ann Twomey, the union's president. "Nurses will not allow that, whether they have 15 years of service or one." ... Nurses

Nurses Union To Strike At Englewood Hospital

Associated Press, June 17, 2006

Newark - Negotiations between the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and a union representing about 660 nurses broke down today, with the nurses threatening to strike on June 29.

The Health Professionals and Allied Employees union said that while some progress has been made in the talks, the sticking point is that the hospital wants to eliminate the nurses' pension plan. ... Nurses

Nurses set June 29 strike date

Richard Cowen, Bergen Record, June 18, 2006

Englewood - Nurses at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center served notice Saturday that they intend to strike on June 29 unless they have a new contract that preserves their pension plan.

Contract talks broke off around 2:30 AM Saturday, after both sides refused to budge on the pension issue. Hours later, the union representing 660 nurses at the hospital, the Health Professionals and Allied Employees union, formally issued a 10-day notification that it intends to strike if a new contract isn't in place by June 29. ... Nurses

Nurses union threatens strike at Englewood Hospital

Associated Press, June 17, 2006

Newark - Negotiations between the Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and a union representing about 660 nurses broke down Saturday, with the nurses threatening to strike on June 29.

The Health Professionals and Allied Employees union said that while some progress has been made in the talks, the sticking point is that the hospital wants to eliminate the nurses' pension plan. ... Nurses

With 55 percent on board, SJH nurses move to unionize

Next step up to SJH, which can accept union or force vote.
Miles Jackson, Vineland Daily Journal, June 15, 2006

Vineland - More than half of the 800 registered nurses working at South Jersey Healthcare facilities in Cumberland and Salem counties filed Wednesday for representation by the Health Professionals and Allied Employees, a nurses union affiliated with the AFL-CIO.

Signatures of 55 percent of the nurses who work at SJH's Regional Medical Center in Vineland and Elmer Hospital, as well as other health care facilities, were delivered to the National Labor Relations Board in Philadelphia, according to an HPAE statement. ... With

SJH nurses plan vote to unionize

Matt Dunn, Gloucester County Times, June 15, 2006

Vineland - Staff nurses employed by South Jersey Healthcare took another step toward unionization Wednesday, filing a petition stating their intent to hold a union election.

A little more than 55 percent of SJH nurses signed the petition, which explained their reason for unionizing, including a desire to "provide quality healthcare, participate in negotiating working conditions and staffing levels and promote consistency and fairness in policies."

Whether an election happens could depend on what hospital officials do next. ... SJH

Labor chief aims to broker hospital pact

Lindy Washburn, Bergen Record, June 14, 2006

The state's labor commissioner will meet with officials from Englewood Hospital and Medical Center and its nurses union today to try to help them reach an agreement in their contract talks.

The two sides resumed negotiations last week after a three-day lockout.

Acting Commissioner David Socolow, of the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, will meet with each side to get information about the issue that has been the major stumbling block in the negotiations: the current pension plan, which the nurses seek to keep, and the hospital's proposal to replace it. ... Labor

Lourdes nurses opt for change

Jeanne Ridgway, Courier-Post, June 10. 2006

Willingboro - The union that led 287 registered nurses here on an unresolved two-year strike has been removed at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County.

On June 5, a majority of the hospital's 233-member nursing staff issued a petition asking Lourdes to withdraw its recognition of professional health-care union JNESO of New Brunswick. ... Lourdes

NJ hospital's nurses ditch union

Philadelphia Business Journal, June 9, 2006

Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County announced Friday it has withdrawn its recognition of JNESO District Council 1 as the exclusive bargaining representative of its registered nurses.

In April 2004, nearly 300 nurses from the Willingboro, NJ, hospital represented by JNESO started a strike that has continued for more than two years. The strike was primarily about scheduling issues and not wages or benefits, according to the union. The hospital has contended the strike was about compensation. ... NJ

Nurses approve new contract at Southern Ocean County Hospital

Zach Patberg, Press of Atlantic City, June 7, 2006

Stafford Township - Southern Ocean County Hospital was one of eight state hospitals whose union nurses finished bargaining and overwhelmingly ratified new contract agreements in time to prevent a strike, their union said Tuesday.

The approximately 300 nurses at SOCH ratified an agreement Thursday, the day of the strike deadline and three months after the union, Health Professionals and Allied Employees, began negotiating with the hospital, said Kathy Whalen, president of the local HPAE.

Both the hospital and the union were satisfied with the outcome. ... Nurses

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