HPAE Nurses Join AFL-CIO Relief Effort in Puerto Rico….and Other HPAE News

October 5, 2017

HPAE Nurses Join AFL-CIO Recovery Efforts in Puerto Rico

In response to a call for help by the national AFL-CIO, RNs from HPAE and other AFT unions boarded a chartered flight yesterday in Newark Liberty Airport headed to Puerto Rico to provide medical support to the people of the island as they struggle to recover from the effects of Hurricane Maria. They joined several hundred health care providers and skilled maintenance workers from unions around the country on the flight.

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Bergen Regional Gets New Name, New Management

The long-awaited “new day” for health care at Bergen Regional Medical Center arrived on Monday as Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco (in photo above) and other county officials celebrated the new management and a new name for the 101-year-old facility on East Ridgewood Avenue. The hospital will now be called New Bridge Medical Center and will be operated by Care Plus, a nonprofit partnership of mental health and addiction providers. HPAE Local 5091 represents RNs and non-nursing professional staff at the hospital.

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Sweeney Calls for Return of Salem Hospital Trust Fund to Facilitate Purchase by Inspira

A trio of lawmakers led by state Senate President Steve Sweeney (in photo above), called for the return of a $51 million trust fund to Salem County to help facilitate the sale of Memorial Hospital of Salem County to Inspira Health, which has expressed interest in purchasing the hospital and maintaining needed services for the community. HPAE Local 5142 represents RNs at the hospital and has been engaged in negotiations for a first contract with the current hospital owner – for-profit Community Health Services (CHS) – for over a year.

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SCOTUS Decision on Janus v. AFSCME Will Decimate Public Sector Unions – But We Can Still Fight Back

Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Janus vs. AFSCME, the case that will likely turn the entire public sector labor movement into a “right-to-work” zone. If, as expected, the Court rules for the plaintiff Janus, public employee unions will be prohibited from negotiating contract provisions which require all employees represented by the union to pay membership dues or make a “fair share” payment.

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Today in Trenton: HPAE’s Professional Issues Conference

HPAE is holding its bi-annual Professional Issue Conference (PIC) today in Trenton, NJ. The 2017 HPAE PIC has a dynamic mix of workshops ranging from professional and personal development to broader organizing, policy, and political education. We’ll have a report on what happened at PIC in next week’s member update.

This Week in Labor History: Steelworkers Join the 1949 Coal Miners Strike

Joining with 400,000 coal miners already on strike, 500,000 CIO steel workers close down the nation’s foundries, steel and iron mills, demanding pensions and better wages and working conditions – October 2, 1949

Read about other important struggles and events in U.S. labor history which occurred from October 2 to October 8, provided by Union Communication Services (UCS).

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