Nurses at Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury, New Jersey voted overwhelmingly yesterday in favor of union representation with the Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE). There are approximately 420 Registered Nurses at Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury, and the New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to welcome these workers to our union family.
Many of the nurses expressed their optimism following the successful vote. Kellianne Eyler, a Peri-Operatives Services nurse, who has worked at the hospital for nine years commented, “We are excited about winning our union and look forward to working together with administration for the benefit of our hospital, our professional practice and our patients.”
Mary Lou Marino, a Progressive Care Unit nurse who has worked at the hospital for about five years stated, “As nurses, we organized so that we could add our voices to those of the nurses in the Inspira system and advocate for patient care, safe staffing and workplace standards; policies that recruit and retain qualified and experienced nurses; and protection of hospital services for our communities.”
This campaign generated an outpouring of support from labor unions, elected officials, community allies, and other HPAE nurses, leading to a strong and decisive election victory. The formation of this union is a clear opportunity to ensure the highest quality patient care as well as superior medical services for the region.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO applauds these nurses as well as the HPAE for their ongoing commitment to these goals. With every organizing victory, our collective voice grows that much stronger.