“In a Crisis You Can Count on Labor”…and Other HPAE News


September 7, 2017



Labor Day Message from President Ann Twomey

“This Labor Day weekend, the importance of public service work couldn’t be more clear as we see the images of the first responders, law enforcement, and healthcare workers trying desperately to save lives and property in Houston TX and neighboring communities….”

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HPAE Web Quiz #18: Alex Wubbels

On July 26, 2017, Alex Wubbels, a nurse, was arrested after refusing to give a police officer in Utah vials of blood from a patient who had been involved in a vehicular accident. The police officer claimed that he needed the blood for an investigation, but Wubbels – supported by her supervisor at the hospital – refused to provide the blood since the police officer did not have a warrant or meet any of the mandatory criteria needed for taking blood. Although this was an outrageous abuse of authority by the police officer and a courageous response from Alex Wubbels, the question for this HPAE WEb Quiz has a different focus: Before becoming a nurse, Wubbels competed two times in an Olympic sport. What sport did she compete in?

The first ten members who respond correctly to this question (one member for each local) will win a $25 American Express gift card.

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Cooper University Health System to Acquire Three Hospitals

Cooper University Health System will acquire Lourdes Health System, with hospitals in Camden and Willingboro, and St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton from Trinity Health, under a preliminary deal announced last week. HPAE Local 5118 currently represents 1,300 RNs at Cooper University Hospital in Camden, NJ

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This Week in Labor History: Workers Give up Labor Day Holidays During World War II

During World War II, workers give up their Labor Day weekend holidays to keep the munitions factories running to aid in the war effort. Most Labor Day parades in the country are canceled out of respect for members of the Armed Services – September 8,1942

Read about other important struggles and events in U.S. labor history which occurred from September 4 to September 10, provided by Union Communication Services (UCS).

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