July 27, 2017
Jersey Shore, Southern Ocean Nurses OK Strike Authorization…But Negotiations Continue
HPAE nurses bargaining for a new contract with Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) voted last week to authorize their bargaining committees to conduct a strike or another form of concerted activity if they are unable to reach an agreement. The current contracts for nearly 1,500 nurses from Jersey Shore University Medical Center (JSUMC) and Southern Ocean Medical Center (SOMC) expire next Monday, July 31.
Update on the Senate’s Obamacare Repeal Effort
Senate Republicans failed to pass two versions of Obamacare repeal legislation this week, but are still trying to get the votes to pass a bill which repeals a limited number of provisions of the Affordable Care Act. However, their so-called “skinny” repeal legislation would still cause create harm; it’s estimated that 15 million people would lose insurance if the legislation went into effect.
Christie Does the Wrong Thing, Conditionally Vetoes Paid Family Leave Expansion Bill
Governor Christie conditionally or partially vetoed a bill last Friday which expands benefits for the state’s paid family leave insurance. His veto wiped out the expansion of benefits under the program and job protections during leave for certain workers. The New Jersey AFL-CIO decried the veto, saying “the Governor’s conditional veto of Paid Family Leave comes as no surprise, and will further solidify his legacy of apathy and disregard for working families.”
HPAE Applauds Murphy’s Choice of Sheila Oliver as His Running Mate
As a union of nurses and healthcare professionals we applaud Gubernatorial Candidate Phil Murphy’s choice of Assemblywoman Sheila Oliver as his running mate for the Lieutenant Governor seat. Not only is Assemblywoman Oliver a strong leader in Trenton but she has been a strong advocate for women and working families.
This Week in Labor History: General Strike in St. Louis Crushed by Government Military Intervention
Workers stage a general strike—believed to be the nation’s first—in St. Louis, in support of striking railroad workers. The successful strike was ended when some 3,000 federal troops and 5,000 deputized special police killed at least eighteen people in skirmishes around the city – July 25, 1877
Read about other important struggles and events in U.S. labor history which occurred from July 24 to July 30, provided by Union Communication Services (UCS).
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