HPAE Local 5004 at Englewood Hospital & Medical Center

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Latest Updates on Our Contract Campaign 2015

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.

Video of Stephanie Orrico speaking below:

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.

Video of Ann Twomey speaking below:

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:

  • receive communication from the negotiating team and disburse it among your colleagues
  • provide feedback to the negotiating team
  • encourage colleagues to participate in the negotiations process
  • encourage colleagues to attend membership meetings, read negotiations updates

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.

Bargaining Conference Outcomes



Officer elections are coming!! A Nominations and Elections Committee has been appointed and soon you will be receiving a nomination form. Consider becoming involved in the local by running for an open position or nominating a colleague. All officer positions are up for nomination and election, the descriptions are below. If you have questions contact a committee member:
Alice Barden
Betsy Ball
Shawn Simone

They are President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer.

The President leads the Local by participating as an active voice in State and National initiatives; structuring the Local Executive Board to function as a team; leading the Local to address local issues by setting goals, implementing plans, and overseeing committees; assuring an effective internal organizing and communication plan; and assuring the contract is upheld at all times.

The Vice-President’s job is to perform all duties of the Office of Vice President as determined by the Local Executive Board. This includes the coordination of the activities of the unit representatives and members in their designated areas and serving as chairpersons of designated committees.

The Secretary/Treasurer is an active participant of the Local Executive Board and is responsible for recording and maintaining minutes of all union meetings and any communications as determined by the Local Executive Board. He/she follows all established policies and guidelines relative to meeting the fiscal requirements of the Local.

Look for a nomination form in the mail soon and then a ballot to vote for the candidates. Nominate someone and vote. Be involved!


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