On Friday, April 24th, we had our latest negotiations session with UH management. Despite still not presenting an economic proposal at this late date, we did manage to have a productive session.
HPAE negotiations with the University are still progressing. Before a settlement can be reached, there are a number of outstanding issues that must be resolved first.
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.
Our union coalition partner, the Rutgers AAUP-AFT faculty, have reached a tentative agreement for a new contract with Rutgers. Their agreement includes an important provision to protect raises that we too have been fighting for in our contract. Winning this provision was necessary due to the University's decision to freeze wages in 2010.