After three contract extensions and the involvement of a federal mediator, 1,300 registered nurses represented by HPAE have reached tentative agreements with Inspira Health Network. Upon a successful vote to ratify these Agreements, nurses at Inspira hospitals in Vineland, Elmer and Bridgeton with HPAE Local 5131 and nurses at Woodbury hospital with HPAE Local 5621 will be covered under the new contract.
“This agreement addresses our priority to retain and recruit qualified nurses at the bedside so we can provide the best care for our patients and our community,” said Dana Barrett, RN and HPAE Local 5131 President, representing nurses at Vineland, Elmer and Bridgeton hospitals.
Details of the agreements will not be released until nurses at both locals vote on ratification, scheduled for July 7.
“Although these negotiations were challenging, we are pleased that we were able to come to an agreement that protects our security as nurses and our commitment to provide the best care possible for our patients,” says Richard Wear and HPAE Local 5621 President, representing nurses at Inspira-Woodbury.
The bargaining committee will strongly recommend ratification to their union members. If approved, the contract will go into effect immediately.