HPAE Launches Campaign for Safe Staffing - Health Professionals & Allied Employees

HPAE Launches Campaign for Safe Staffing

Health Professionals and Allied Employees/AFT/AFL-CIO

110 Kinderkamack Road

Emerson, NJ 07630




Media Advisory   Contact:  Jeanne Otersen 201-262-5005 or 201-280-9279


 Event: Healthcare Union Launches Campaign for Safe Staffing

Releases ‘State of Nursing’ Survey:

 Petitions NJDOH for Standards, Enforcement and Transparency


 Who: Ann Twomey, President HPAE

            NJ State Senators Steve Sweeney, Weinberg and Gordon

            National AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Liz Schuler

            Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto

            Mayor Steve Fulop, Jersey City

            Charles Wowkanech, President, NJAFL-CIO


Date:  Wednesday, January 29, 2014


Time:  12:30pm – 2:00pm – Public Program 


Location: Forsgate Country Club, Monroe, NJ


HPAE, NJ’s largest union of nurses and healthcare workers will release the results of a survey of Registered Nurses and their responses on staffing in their hospitals and healthcare facilities. 

 HPAE will also launch a petition to the NJ Department of Health to update staffing standards and improve enforcement of hospital quality, particularly during hospital conversions.

The campaign launch and public program with NJ Elected Officials are part of a day-long conference of healthcare union leaders addressing the changing health care system and strategies for protecting patient care, workers' rights and community access to affordable, quality health care. More than 120 healthcare union leaders from HPAE are expected to attend the conference. 

 “NJ nurse staffing guidelines have not been updated since 1987, and are woefully inadequate,” said Ann Twomey.  “The NJDOH has taken a laissez-faire attitude towards enforcement, even as a wave of for-profit conversions of our community hospital threatens access, affordability and quality of healthcare.  It’s time our state government took more action, became more accountable and provided more transparency for where our healthcare dollars are going.”  ##