Virtua RNs Begin Bargaining….And Other HPAE News


March 16, 2017


Virtua RNs Begin Bargaining

HPAE Local 5105 RNs at Virtua had their first bargaining session with management yesterday for a successor contract. The current contract expires May 31, 2017. The committee presented initial proposals and highlighted the local’s contract priorities: staffing, safety, and wage and benefit improvements.

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HPAE Public Policy Director Honored at NJCU Event

HPAE Public Policy Director Bridget Devane was honored last night at the 2017 Solidarity Award Dinner organized by New Jersey Communities United (NJCU), a grassroots organization dedicated to empowering the community and building a movement for social justice.

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We Want to Hear From You: Do You Agree with HPAE’s Campaign to Save and Strengthen the ACA?

One of HPAE’s top policy priorities is to preserve and strengthen the rights and healthcare coverage that Americans receive from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We have been very critical of the House Republican healthcare plan, as non-partisan studies indicate it will cause many people to lose insurance.

Do you agree with our position?  Or, do you think the ACA needs to be repealed and replaced by the Republican plan or something like it? Do you think HPAE should even be involved in this issue?  In 250 words or less, let us know what you think. We’ll publish views from both sides.

Tell us what your view is.



And the Winners of HPAE Webquiz #17 Are……

We asked the following question in the HPAE Webquiz #17: According to the most recent poll of the Kaiser Family Foundation, what percentage of Americans approve of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what percentage disapprove of the ACA?

The correct answer is 48% approve, 42% disapprove, and the following HPAE members won a $25 American Express gift card for providing the correct answer: George Dikdan, Judi Schuster, Marty Marino, Mary Dickinson, Priscilla Searfoss, Dov Wilkes, Alicia Rivera, Sara Ghauri, and Donna Fong. Congratulations!



Poor, Elderly in NJ to be Hardest Hit under GOP Healthcare Plans

The lowest-income New Jerseyans of all ages, and most of those 60 and older, regardless of income, would be the biggest losers under the Republican plan to amend the Affordable Care Act, according to a nonpartisan analysis of the issue.

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This Week in Labor History: Carpenters Union Leads the “8 Hour Day” Movement in 1890

The leadership of the American Federation of Labor selects the Carpenters union to lead the 8-hour movement. Carpenters throughout the country strike in April; by May 1, some 46,000 carpenters in 137 cities and towns have achieved shorter hours – March 17, 1890

Read about other important struggles and events in U.S. labor history which occurred from March 13 to March 19, provided by Union Communication Services (UCS).

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