Nurses at Jersey Shore, Southern Ocean and Salem County Ratify New Contracts …and Other HPAE News (December 21, 2018)

Nurses at Jersey Shore and Southern Ocean Ratify New Contracts with Hackensack Meridian Health

On Thursday, December 13, 2018, Registered Nurses with the Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE), at Jersey Shore University Medical Center (JSUMC) and Southern Ocean Medical Center (SOMC), ratified new 22-month contracts with Hackensack-Meridian Health. This victory comes after nearly seven months of negotiations and an outpouring of support from the nurses and the community.

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Salem County Nurses Ratify a First Contract with CHA

 

Nurses at Memorial Hospital of Salem County voted throughout the day on
Thursday, December 13 to ratify a first contract agreement between HPAE
Local 5142 and the new owners of the hospital. Currently, CHA, which has
proposed to take over as the owners are awaiting final approval from
the NJ Commissioner of Health.

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Major Leadership Changes Ahead for University Hospital in Newark

After premature infants were infected with a fatal bacterial infection at University Hospital and a monitor report criticized the leadership of the hospital, the CEO of University Hospital, John Kastanis, in Newark resigns.

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Texas Judge Makes Controversial Ruling on the Affordable Care Act

On Friday, December 14–one day before the end of the 2019 ACA open enrollment– Fort Worth Federal District Court Judge Reed O’Connor ruled that the entire ACA was unconstitutional, since the individual mandate was gutted from the law through the 2017 tax bill. If the ACA is ultimately deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, approximately 20 million Americans could lose their health insurance.

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