In 2018 over 4,000 health professionals are negotiating with multiple healthcare corporations for patient safety and workers’ rights across New Jersey. Patient safety and workers’ rights will top the agenda when HPAE nurses and health professionals begin bargaining with Hackensack Meridian Health, CarePoint Health, Englewood Medical Center and Hudson Regional Hospital. As New Jersey’s largest healthcare union, HPAE strives to not only ensure all healthcare workers are treated fairly and equitably by their employers, but also that patients receive safe and affordable treatment. With 13,000 members, HPAE nurses and health professionals are negotiating to bring improvements to the delivery and cost of healthcare for New Jersey residents, including:
- Respect for workers’ voices in decisions that affect quality of care, including fair election procedures that empower non-union workers to stand together free from anti-worker campaigns, coordination between the locals and common expiration dates for all HPAE members in the HMH system to win the following issues:
- Safe staffing protections for all bargaining unit members, including safe workloads, proper equipment, and training;
- Improved access to healthcare providers;
- Controls for rising out-of-pocket medical expenses and relief from medical debt;
- Equitable wages for all bargaining unit members including a $15/hr minimum living wage; and
- Enhanced patient safety measures.