Our national union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), will be holding its 84th Convention this year from July 18th through July 21st in Minneapolis, Minn. Our state federation, the Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE), will also be holding our statewide biennial convention this year on Oct 6th and 7th in Atlantic City. The conventions serve as the highest decision-making body of our union.
On Monday, April 5th, we had our latest negotiation session with UH management. Management presented us with a revised “Inclement Weather Policy” which would greatly reduce the amount of pay and/or comp time that workers would get during such an emergency. This led to a very heated discussion of the ‘downward slide’ that our committee believes UH is on. Your committee let management know that the revisions offered to this policy are yet another example of UH trying to save a few bucks at the expense of our members’ safety.
On Monday, February 8th, we had our latest negotiation session with UH management. We presented a counter-proposal to management on their initial economic offer. In addition, we had some productive discussion on issues around our grievance procedure and management’s desire to be able to do drug testing on current employees. Management also presented yet another new proposal, this time regarding paying back UH for EPIC and other expensive trainings if you resign your employment within three years after receiving them.
For immediate release: November 10, 2015
Newark, NJ - With contracts at University Hospital expiring over one year ago, a group of 50 nurses and healthcare workers represented by the Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) spoke out to the eleven members of the University Hospital Board of Directors at their November 10th meeting during the public comment portion of the agenda.