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April 22, 2015
Negotiations are going well. To date, we have six signed Tentative Agreements and several signed Side Letters of Agreement.
The Communicators meetings were held yesterday. (Photos left and below.) Each communicator will distribute HPAE lanyards and badge holders on Monday, April 27. If you did not receive your lanyard and holder, please contact Theresa LaSpina in the main PACU, extension 3299.
The HPAE Negotiations Phone Line number is 201-254-4707. If you have any questions regarding negotiations, please text or phone that number for a timely response. No group texting please.
First Bargaining Session Held
April 16, 2015
We held our first bargaining session with the Medical Center yesterday. At the meeting, we presented our initial proposals.
Local 5004 Joins with Other HPAE Locals in Lobby Day
March 16, 2015
Lobby Day was a great success. Over 300 members of HPAE and other healthcare unions in the Coalition for Patients Rights and Safe Staffing (CPRSS) came to Trenton to talk to state legislators about the need for staffing legislation, including nurse to patient staffing ratios, which ensure quality care and patient safety.
HPAE members throughout the state of New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania were enthusiastic and excited to participate in Lobby Day. During the day, we held 23 meetings with state legislators, many of whom pledged their full support for a safe staffing bill.
We thank the following Local 5004 members for taking the time to represent our local at Lobby Day: Ana Acosta, Diane Ardizzone, Lyn Bae, Linda Cohen, Jane DiMasso, Laura Symons, Becky Esquivel, Ana Maria Nava-Torres, Geraldine Neiderhofer, Mary Rufo, Winifred Sanchez, Adele Thomas, Leocadie Toussaint, Elaine Van Buren-Rizzo, Coral Zaidi, Jose Sison
With State Senator Vitale, one of the co-sponsors of the staffing bill:
Local 5004 and Local 5091 members with State Senator Gordon:
With Assemblyman Eustace:
What Contract Issues Are Important to You? Fill Out the Local 5004 Contract Survey
January 14, 2015
As we prepare for contract negotiations this spring with the Medical Center, we need your input about what our contract priorities should be. Please make sure that you fill out an online contract survey.
What a Great Celebration of Our 40th Anniversary!
November 3, 2014
Over 100 members and invited guests celebrated 40 years of achievements by our local at a dinner party at the Woodcliff Lake Hilton Hotel on Friday, October 24. It was a night when we could get together and enjoy each other's company, but it was also a night to reflect on where we had been, the challenges that we've faced, and what we've accomplished.
When nurses at EHMC got together in 1974 to form an independent association, little did we know that this was the first step in building a union – HPAE – that now represents 12,000 healthcare professionals and is the largest union of healthcare professionals in New Jersey. Since 1974, as former Local 5004 President Stephanie Orrico pointed out at the celebration, Local 5004 members have always stood together to fight to improve working conditions, especially staffing. In recent years, we successfully met the challenges of the 2006 and 2009 lockouts, emerging unified and more determined than ever to keep fighting for quality patient care.
In her talk HPAE President Ann Twomey and one of the leaders of the organizing campaign in 1974, reminisced about the early days of Local 5004. She also expressed pride and gratitude for the support that the membership has given the local. Ann noted that several union activists involved in the early campaigns, including Joan Gregor, are no longer with us, but that we will always remember them.
And yes, we had fun at the celebration, too. We danced, talked with friends, and enjoyed ourselves. Let’s hope that the next 40 years has as many positive accomplishments and is as eventful as the first 40 years!
It's Time to Step Up to the Plate! Become a member of the Contract Action Team (CAT)
November 3, 2014
All members were asked to decide on your representatives from their unit and shift to be a member of the Contract Action Team (CAT). This endeavor is for a short period of time - October 2014 to the end of negotiations in May 2015. The purpose of CAT is to:
We are still are looking for Contract Action Team Members. Send in the name of your representative or you can name yourself by calling the Union office at 201-262-5005 ext. 124 or click on the member feedback link on HPAE Local 5004 web site (see above).
We had a successful Bargaining Conference on October 22. Local officers, Communicator, CAT members, and the HPAE Staff Rep came together to plan for next year's negotiations. Learn more about the conference.
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