We are pleased to share the news that 1,300 Registered Nurses, represented by HPAE, have ratified new three-year contracts at four South Jersey hospitals in the Inspira Health Network. The New Jersey State AFL-CIO congratulates our brothers and sisters on a victory that will raise the standard of hospital care in New Jersey and ensure that all patients receive top quality care from the best qualified health service professionals.Read more
Committees in the New Jersey Senate and Assembly met Thursday to consider several bills of concern to working families. Here is a rundown of the day’s legislative action:
Safe Staffing for Nurses (A-647/S-1183). Legislation establishing staffing levels for nurses cleared the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee by a vote of 8-4. It was the bill’s first public hearing. Voting in favor were: Assembly members Herb Conaway (D-7, Dan Benson (D-14), Tim Eustace (D-38, Jerry Green (D-22), Angelica Jimenez (D-32), Patricia Egan Jones (D-5) and Nancy Pinkin (D-18). Voting in opposition were: Mary Pat Angelini (R-11), Amy Handlin (R-13), Nancy Munoz (R-21) and Erik Peterson (R-23).Read more
The next two days of contract talks are critical for nurses at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point (formerly Shore Memorial Hospital). The Shore Nurses Union/NYSNA announced that without significant progress in negotiations that have dragged on for nearly a year, a 10-day strike notice is imminent. As a result, nurses could be on the picket line as early as the first week of October as they fight for quality patient care for South Jersey residents.Read more
Nurses & Community Demand More from South Jersey Hospital Ranked Among Nation's Worst at Preventing Infections
When Staffing Is Compromised, Patient Care Suffers
Nurses at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point (formerly Shore Memorial Hospital) have been attempting to negotiate a new contract since September 2014, with a specific focus on safe patient care and retention of well-trained and experienced nurses. The hospital has outsourced critical housekeeping jobs and cut nursing positions through attrition, which has had a direct impact on safe patient care. The longer the nurses are forced to work in an understaffed, stressful and uncompromising environment, the more patient care will suffer.
A just-released September 2015 Consumer Reports study found Shore Medical Center to be one of the country’s 18 worst hospitals for preventing dangerous bacteria-based infections. Read the report by CLICKING HERE.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO asks you to join our brothers and sisters from HPAE Locals 5186 and 5185 who are organizing informational picket lines at two locations on Monday, June 29, 2015 to help ensure safe staffing and fair contracts for healthcare workers at CarePoint Health’s hospitals.Read more
JNESO nurses at Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark became the first in the state to ratify a contract that guarantees safe staffing ratios and prohibits shift cancelations. Both of these provisions are essential to patient safety and maximizing the efficiency and effectiveness of care.Read more