On Monday, March 2, the New Jersey Health Care Facilities Financing Authority released the long-awaited "Navigant" report providing an evaluation of healthcare services in the Greater Newark area and recommendations for consolidation and reorganization of services.
HPAE President Ann Twomey released the following statement after the report was published:
Rutgers has the money.
Rutgers has raised more than $1 billion in donations and has another $700 million in unrestricted funds, so why are faculty and staff being told to accept tiny raises after years of frozen wages? What's more, management wants us to accept contracts with 'subject to' language used to freeze our wages until 2010.
The 20,000 union workers at Rutgers deserve real contracts with guaranteed raises.
Contract negotiations with Rutgers' administration have been underway for nearly six months. We are still far apart on wages and the administration continues to reject proposals to provide us the same tuition remission and parking benefits as our Rutgers Legacy counterparts—gains that a majority of members indicated are important. Complicating matters, the administration insists that any wage increase must be "subject to" appropriations by the State Legislature. Rutgers used this provision to justify a wage freeze in 2010 for Rutgers Legacy employees.
Please take a few minutes of your time to fill out the survey described here. It is intended for all Health Care Case Managers in the FXB Child Health Unit represented by HPAE Local 5094. This survey is not intended for Staff Assistants. The purpose of the survey is to get a better understanding of the impact of recently added job duties. It should take around 10 minutes to complete.
You have probably all seen the recent email from the Office of Disaster Preparedness. Despite, the current Blizzard Warning declared by the National Weather Service, at this time, University Hospital intends to operate under normal conditions and require all personnel--essential and non-essential--to report to work. We've notified management that if they do not implement their Inclement Weather Policy, employees should be allowed to utilize their time off if they are unable to make it to work during the blizzard.