Committee on Political Education (COPE) - Health Professionals & Allied Employees

Committee on Political Education (COPE)

Mission and Objectives

HPAE members formed the Committee on Political Education (COPE) to educate our elected officials about what is really going on in the health care system – and to fight for change. COPE organizes grass-roots mobilization efforts to win important legislation – and tracks the voting records of our state and federal legislators on HPAE issues. Using this information, COPE also interviews and screens candidates for office, making recommendations to HPAE members.

Through COPE, HPAE members have been instrumental in the drafting of new legislation, in providing testimony before legislators and government officials, and in organizing letter-writing efforts to persuade elected officials to support HPAE legislation.


Education, Healthcare Unions Endorse Andy Kim for Congress
May 08 2018

May 8, 2018 Nurses and educators reject MacArthur attacks on health and education systems The American Federation of Teachers New Jersey (AFTNJ) and Healthcare Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE), collectively representing more than 40,000 education and healthcare professionals in New

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HPAE Thanks Senator Joe Vitale & Assemblyman Dan Benson
Feb 09 2018

Nurses caring for patients at the bedside have a voice in their workplace when they are unionized. As the state’s largest healthcare union, HPAE represents 13,000 healthcare workers in hospitals, nursing homes, addiction treatment centers, health clinics, research labs and

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Inspira RNs Meet With Political Leaders
May 17 2016

    With two weeks left before their contracts expire, nurses from HPAE Locals 5131 and 5621 met today with representatives from other unions and elected leaders at a community breakfast to discuss crucial staffing and patient care issues that

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Protecting Public Services and Democracy in NJ Cities
Apr 18 2016

President’s Message April 18, 2016 Public health professionals, residents, public service workers and local elected officials in New Jersey’s largest cities are watching with concern as the debate in Trenton continues over the proposed state takeover of Atlantic City. Placing

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HPAE Supports Paycheck Fairness Act
Apr 12 2016

  HPAE Chief of Staff Jeanne Otersen spoke at the Botto House in Haledon, NJ at an event organized by Congressman Bill Pascrell in recognition of National Pay Equity Day. As a representative of HPAE, Jeanne added her voice in

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Members Meet with Cumberland County Freedholders
Mar 30 2016

    Inspira RNs from Vineland had a meeting with the Cumberland County Freeholders to brief them on issues that will be presented at the upcoming negotiations and how they may impact the citizens of Cumberland County. Local 5131 RNs

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HPAE Testifies at Budget Hearing
Mar 22 2016

  On Monday, HPAE’s Public Policy Director Bridget Devane gave testimony to the NJ Assembly Budget Committee (Committee Chair Gary Schaer in photo above) regarding the impact of Governor Christie’s proposed budget on health care access, worker safety, and public

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