Welcome to Local 5106
Local 5106 represents Registered Nurses, Professionals, and Technical Staff at Temple Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.
As employees of Episcopal Hospital, we voted overwhelmingly to become part of HPAE in December of 1996. When Temple Health system “acquired” Episcopal and denied recognition of our union, we re-organized und signed our second “first” contract in February 2000.
We remind our long time members and inform our new ones of our struggle to be union and to never take for granted the progress we have made together.
Local Bulletin Alert: Mandatory Flu Vaccine
TUHS is contemplating mandating a Flu Vaccine across the health system.
Personal Panic Alarm Pendants (PPA’s)
During our latest Violence Prevention /Safety meeting with management it was brought to the Union’s attention that our members who were assigned Personal Panic Alarm Pendants (PPA's) were not wearing them.
Local 5106 General Membership Meeting, April 26
HPAE LOCAL 5106 General Membership Meeting Fox Conference Room 1st Floor Main Lobby April 26th 2023 6:30am—3:30pm On going all Day Please arrange your schedule so that you can attend one of those scheduled times
Dues Not Being Deducted
It has come to my attention that union dues are not being deducted from members' Paychecks.
Contract Extension Reached
We are happy to announce that because of the solidarity we have shown through petitions and other actions, we’ve been able to come to an agreement with the Hospital on a one year contract extension.
Local 5106 General Membership Meetings: Tuesday, August 30, 2022
Please arrange your schedule so that you can attend one of those scheduled times.
Notice of 2022 Nominations and Election of HPAE Local 5106 AFT Convention Delegates and Alternates
The Nominations/Election Committee announces that they are now accepting nominations to represent Local 5106 at this year’s AFT National Convention.
Local 5106 Member Update, February 18, 2022
On behalf of myself and Local Executive Board of Local 5106 would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff on C5 here at Episcopal Campus for their quick thinking and Heroic response to administer life-saving efforts to resuscitate
Local 5106 General Membership Teleconference Meeting, September 29, 2021
HPAE Local 5106 General Membership Meeting Teleconference 1-888-278-0296 Access Code: 6152745 Wednesday, September 29, 2021 7:30am—830am 11am-12pm 3pm—5:30pm 7pm-7:30pm Please arrange your schedule so that you can call in during one of those scheduled times.
Local 5106 Member Alert: Vaccine Policy
The City of Philadelphia has stipulated that all health care workers must be vaccinated unless they have received an exemption for religious or medical reasons, in which case they will have to be subject to testing.
Local 5106 HPAE Convention Delegate Announcement
The Nominations/Election Committee announces that the following members will serve as delegates for HPAE Local 5106 at this year’s HPAE State Convention.
Notice of local 5106 elected officers
The Nominations/Election Committee announces that the following members have been elected as officers for Local 5106.
Notice of 2021 Nominations and Election of Local 5106 Officers
The Nominations/Election Committee announces that there are five (5) local 5106 officer positions that are up for election this year.
Notice of 2021 Nominations and Election of Local 5106 HPAE Convention Delegates and Alternates
The Nominations/Election Committee announces that they are now accepting nominations to represent Local 5106 at this year’s HPAE State Convention.
Local 5106 General Membership Teleconference Meeting, April 21, 2021
We are encouraging everyone to call in to hear an update from our Violence Prevention and Labor Management meetings, new officer elections and other issues in the hospital. We look forward to talking with you all on Wednesday.
Local 5103 Labor Management & Violence Prevention Meeting Minutes
Health fleet transports continue to be a problem, and the delays have created an ER crisis. Yasser agreed to address the issues and recommended a member of the management team to attend our meetings.
Members of Local 5106 provide virtual support for the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers as they continue to work despite an expired contract
Local 5106 also signed on the letter of support to provide a safer environment for the students and teachers of the Philadelphia Public Schools.
Nurses, Professionals and Techs ratify new contract with Violence Prevention Initiatives at Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus
Workers who have experienced or witnessed violent incidents fought for improvements which will increase safety measures and provide proper training.
Unit Reps and Officers Celebrate the Holidays
The annual Christmas Party for our unit reps and officers was held at Gallo’s Seafood House on December 4th. There was great food and lots of fun and laughter as Jamie Barge, Chris Lewis, Venus Weaver, Gary Peoples, Charles Bowen
Local 5106 Summary of Contract Survey Results
We have broken down the results for you here.
PASNAP Locals, TUHNA and TAP, Rally at Temple
On October 1, 2019, PASNAP locals representing about 2,000 nurses, techs and professionals at Temple University Hospital rallied their members with supporters from the community and other labor organizations.
General Membership Meeting Minutes, August 28
Topics covered: Staffing and Layoffs, Contract campaign, Nominations for Negotiating Team and more..
Local 5106 Round Table Discussion with Senator Robert Casey, August 6
Sue Clements, Local 5106 VP, joined other union leaders on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 for a discussion of the issues affecting workers in our present political climate. Senator Casey spoke on the continued assault on workers commenting on some specific
Local 5106 Nomination and Election
The Local 5106 Nomination and Election Committee has completed Local 5106 Officer Elections. We commend all of you who participated and who took the time to have a voice in your union. Congratulations to all the winners President – Elizabeth
Notice of 2019 Nominations and Election of HPAE Local 5106 Officers
The Nominations/Election Committee announces that there are five (5) local 5106 officer positions that are up for election this year. Nominations for these positions are currently being accepted by the nomination committee.
Local 5106 Safety Issues Survey
Violent incidents are on the rise on our campus. Everyone’s safety is at risk, but mostly those who are on the front lines of providing care. Any information that you provide will help us to formulate a plan for a
HPAE Local 5106 General Membership Meeting, Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Location to be determined
HPAE Local 5106 Labor-Management/Safety Meeting Minutes, May 28, 2019
Episcopal Campus, MAB 213, in attendance: Betsy Nulty, Sue Clements, Luann Kline, Clara Galati, Jeanine Penn, Joan Schiavo
Local 5106 General Memberships Meeting, April 17
Fifty-nine members attended throughout the day and heard our President Betsy Nulty present the plan for the rest of the year leading up to negotiations in January 2020.
HPAE Local 5106 General Membership Meeting, Wednesday April 17, 2019
6:30am, 7:30am, 9am, 10:30am, 12noon, 1:30pm, 3pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm: MAB 202
Local 5106 Labor Management Minutes, January 22, 2019
Labor-Management/Safety Meeting, March 26, 2019, Episcopal Campus, MAB 213
Christmas at Episcopal
Christmas is normally celebrated on December 25th, but this year Christmas at Episcopal was December 18th. On this wonderful day, the Episcopal family reached out to one of our own with love and generosity.
Local 5106 Unit Reps and Officers Celebrate the Holidays
The annual Christmas Party for our unit reps and officers was held at Gallo’s Seafood House on December 6th. There was great food and lots of fun and laughter with some new faces at the table.
HPAE Local 5106 Labor-Management/Safety Meeting Minutes
October 30, 2018, Episcopal Campus, MAB 213
Local 5106 members attend the HPAE Convention; 2018 local award recipient and more
Local 5106 members had a great time at the recent HPAE State convention at Harrah's in Atlantic City on Oct. 4 and 5.
Northeastern Campus General Membership Meeting, September 25
On Tuesday September 25, 2018 we met with our small, but faithful group of members at the Northeastern Campus. We talked about the upcoming HPAE convention and urged people to attend.
Philadelphia Labor Day Parade (pictures)
Hundreds of union members from the city and surrounding counties marched from the Sheet Metal Workers Hall up Columbus Boulevard to Penn's Landing.
Local 5106 HPAE State Convention Delegate List
The nomination and elections for HPAE Convention delegates has concluded.
Local 5106 General Membership Meeting, August 29, 2018 (lots of photos!)
On Wednesday, August 29th sixty-two Local 5106 members came out to a general membership meeting to declare Union Solidarity.
Union busting continues!
The big corporations, politicians and wealthy interests that have rigged our economy and our politics against working people for decades haven’t stopped.
Philadelphia Rally in Support of Unions, June 27
On June 27 ,the day of the Janus decision,over 200 union members came out to rally in support of Unions.
Local 5106 HPAE State Convention Nomination Form
The Nominations/Election Committee announces that they are now accepting nominations to represent Local 5106 at this year’s HPAE State Convention.
Local 5106 Labor-Management/Safety Meeting, June 26, 2018
Labor-Management/Safety Meeting June 26, 2018 Episcopal Campus, Room 213 In attendance: Betsy Nulty, Gary Peoples, Sue Clements, Richelle Kozak, Yasser El-Khatib and Jeanine Penn Northeastern Campus Building is now managed by Common Wealth Health There is on campus a 126
Local 5106 General Membership Meeting Minutes, April 2018
CT/Radiology issues, Numbers/work duties, On Campus Training, and other issues
Local 5106 General Membership Meeting, April 18, 2018
Subject: Attendance Policy Survey
Local 5106 Labor-Management/Safety Meeting Minutes, February 27, 2018
In attendance: Betsy Nulty, Richelle Kozak, Sue Clements, Barbara Gennello, Luann Kline, Yasser El-Khatib, Clara Galati, Joan Schiavo Next Meeting: March 27, 2018 Magnet: Letter not accepted yet Restraint Documentation New documentation for restraints; education to be provided starting
2023 Local 5106 Rep and General Membership Meetings
2023 GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS April 26, 2023 August 30, 2023 December 6, 2023 2023 Schedule of Local Executive Board Meetings January 16 @ 8:30 pm February 20 @ 7:30 p March 20 @ 8:30 pm April 17 @ 7:30
Working People’s Day of Action: Philadelphia, February 24, 2018
On the eve of a Supreme Court case that will have long lasting affects on the union movement in America, thousand rallied across the country to support workers and unions. In Philadelphia at Thomas Paine Plaza across from City Hall
Come out for the Working People’s Day of Action on February 24
ON February 24, join thousands of working people and our allies and stand up for our freedom to come together in strong unions and fight. Fight for equitable pay. Fight for affordable health care, quality schools, vibrant communities and a
Minutes from the January Health & Safety/Labor Management and Rep Meetings
The latest Labor Management/Safety meeting was held on January 23, 2018 at the Episcopal campus.
Minutes of the Labor-Management/Safety Meeting
The Labor Management/Safety meeting was held November 28th. In addition to a follow-up discussion regarding "old business," the committee discussed safety, staffing, and other key issues.
Local 5106 Rep Council Meeting Held
A meeting of the Local 5106 Rep Council was held November 20th. In attendance were Betsy Nulty, Kathy Boardman, Pat Haynes, Venus Weaver, Mike Wilson, Richelle Kozak and Sue Clements.
Membership, Joint Labor-Management Meetings Held in September and October
In September and October, we held two membership meetings and two meetings of the Labor-Management/Safety Committee. Learn about what happened at these meetings.
Local 5106 Participates in Philly Labor Day March and Rally
Local 5106 members Venus Weaver and Bindu Joseph joined Local 5106 Vice President Sue Clements and her family to march in the Labor Day Parade with members of over 40 unions from Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.
Resistance Activities Continue
HPAE continues to participate in rallies and protests in Philadelphia against the Trump administration's policies and plans.
Local 5106 VP Sue Clements Speaks at “Tuesdays for Toomey” Rally in Philly
At the weekly "Tuesdays with Toomey" action, Temple-Episcopal RN and Local 5106 VP Sue Clements spoke to the crowd outside U.S. Senator Pat Toomey's office in the city, calling on the senator to protect addiction rehabilitation services provided by the
Local 5106 Joins “Tuesdays with Toomey” Rally in Philadelphia
Local 5106 VP Sue Clements participated in a “Tuesdays with Toomey” (Pat Toomey is the Republican Senator from Pennsylvania) rally in Philadelphia to highlight how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has expanded and improved medical services for children—the same services that
Hundreds Rally in Philly to Save Our Healthcare
Hundreds of concerned citizens came to a rally in Philadelphia on Saturday to defend the gains we've made in providing healthcare benefits to millions of previously uninsured Americans through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Philly Mayor Hosts Forum on Saving the ACA
Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney hosted a forum at the Community Health and Literacy Center to support preserving the Affordable Care Act in Philadelphia and across the country.
Members Ratify Contract Settlement
By an overwhelming margin, Local 5106 members voted on Friday to ratify a new, three year contract with Temple Episcopal.
Contract Settlement Reached, Vote on Friday, Feb. 17th
The Local 5106 Negotiations Committee has reached a tentative agreement with management for a new contract.
Bargaining Update – January 24, 2017
We have just completed our fourth negotiating session and we believe we are moving in a positive direction.
Local 5106 Members at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.
Several of the members of our local joined with the hundreds of thousands of people at the Women's March in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.
Christmas Gifts for Kids in Need
Local 5106 and AFSCME District 1199c union members at Temple Episcopal Hospital came together to make it a happy holiday for the clients served by Stenton Family Manor.
Members Ratify Contract Proposals for Upcoming Negotiations
On Wednesday, December 14, the LEB and negotiating team met with members throughout the day to review the proposals that we will present to management on January 3, 2017, when our negotiations begin.
Service workers’ pay will increase under Philly wage law expansion
Scores of Philadelphia service workers, such as janitors and security guards, will get better pay under a law expanding the city’s prevailing wage regulations that Mayor Kenney signed Thursday.
Convention Resolutions & Constitutional Amendments Support HPAE’s Strategic Plan for Growth
At the HPAE 2016 Convention, delegates came together to make important decisions about the future of our union through a series of resolutions, constitutional amendments, and by-laws changes.
Violence in the Workplace and Our Legal Protections
C4 became a battlefield last week when several staff members were injured by an aggressive patient. One of the nurses sustained a head and eye injury and a resulting debilitating headache.
Local 5106 VP Speaks at Philly Forum on the Fight for $15
HPAE Local 5106 Vice President and Temple-Episcopal social worker Charles Bowen spoke at the "#15 Now" Forum at Temple University in Philadelphia in support of SEIU 32BJ members who are fighting in their current contract negotiations for a $15/hr wage
Volunteers Needed for the Local 5106 Negotiations Committee
In addition to the five local officers, we need two more members on the Negotiations Committee. Are you interested in volunteering?
Local 5106 Supports Security Officers’ Fight for a Fair Contract
Yesterday, Security Officers represented by SEIU 32BJ held a rally in Philadelphia to kick off the beginning of their campaign for a first contract. SEIU Security officers across Philadelphia are committed to winning a strong contract with a $15/hour minimum
New Reps Recognized for Their Commitment and Activity
At our general membership meeting last week, the local officers gave HPAE union pins to new Reps to recognize their commitment to our local and their contribution to making our local strong and effective. Photos below: Top to Bottom –
Christmas Spirit Shines at Episcopal
Here at Episcopal, our local likes to give to those who are in need, especially during the holiday season. This year our local participated in two Christmas adventures. Our first quest was to give to one of our own,
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In This Local
- Proposed Amendments to the Local 5106 Constitution
- Sample Ballot to Amend the Local 5106 Constitution
- Membership Application
- HPAE Local 5106 Bargaining Overview 2020
- Local 5106 Officer and Rep List
- General Membership and Rep Meetings
- Duties of Unit Representatives and Work Area Leaders
- The Frontline Newsletter - March 2023
- Local 5106 RN/Professionals Contract (March 1, 2020- February 28, 2023)
- Local 5106 Technical Contract (March 1, 2020 to February 28, 2023)
- Local 5106 Constitution and Bylaws (March 5, 2021)
- Local 5106 Short Staffing Form
- Local 5106 Short Staffing Form (Non-nursing job titles)
- History of Local 5106
- HPAE Grievance Form
- NJDOL Division of Unemployment Insurance
- Local 5106 Newsletter - July/August 2021
Upcoming Events for Local 5106
No upcoming events at this time.
About Local 5106
In the winter of 1996 Episcopal nurses, frustrated by a lack of respect from management, inconsistent awarding of merit raises and no recognition for seniority, began to consider unionizing. Our first attempt was half-hearted and management waged an aggression anti-union campaign. Votes challenged during the election resulted in the ballots being impounded for several months. During that time management was prohibited from making any changes in our wages or benefits. We were lulled into a false sense of security and we actually forgot about the election. Management, however, did not.
In August, 1996 the result of the election was announced. We lost.
Within days, letters went out to all of the nurses detailing cutbacks. Our weekend program and 36 for 40 hour program were abolished. Our sick time was cut from 12 to 6 days a year; our personal days were cut from five to two days a year. Anyone working less than forty hours a week was reduced to part-time status and benefits. With the decrease in hours and wages some nurses saw a 20% salary decrease. Meanwhile unionized workers at Episcopal lost nothing.
The shock propelled us into action. We realized that without the strength of a union and a legally binding contract we would never regain what we had lost. We formed an organizing committee and went shopping for the right union. After meeting with representative from three unions, we chose HPAE. Within two weeks of our first meeting, 70% of the RNs at Episcopal had signed cards calling for a union election. The hospital challenged our right to unionize based on the premise that we were all supervisors. The National Labor Relation Board ruled in our favor. We prepared for an anti-union campaign that never came.
On December 23, 1996 the nurses won an overwhelming victory: 210-31. The technicians followed soon after with their own union election victory.
In October 1997 the nurses and technicians of Local 5106, Health Professional and Allied Employees, signed their first contracts with Episcopal Hospital.
Fourteen months later Temple University Health Care System “acquired” Episcopal. On December 7, 1998 Temple imposed their “Terms and Conditions of Employment.” Temple officials not only refused to honor our contract they used a legal loophole to deny our union recognition. Temple reduced shift differential, deprived us of sick time and ignored our scheduled pay raises. Seniority and a real grievance procedure no longer existed.
Many Episcopal employees resigned almost immediately. Our existing staffing problems became critical. We feared that Temple’s true intention was to drive away staff and downsize Episcopal until it no longer existed.
Our response was immediate. We reorganized and applied to the Pennsylvania Labor Board for an election. Temple tried to postpone the election as long as possible with legal maneuvering over who should be included in the bargaining unit. Our threat to picket the Apollo (now known as the Liacouras Center) resulted in a speedy compromise and on March 23, 1999 our RN and Tech units won overwhelming victories for the second time.
We were ready to start bargaining immediately. Temple, however, wasted months of our time by coming to negotiations without proposals and without the authority to make a decision. When they finally did start to bargain their proposals were insults to the loyal employees who had remained at Episcopal. Realizing that Temple had no intention of bargaining seriously, our members approved a two-day strike for July 11 and 12, 1999.
In response to the strike Temple closed over half of the hospital and laid off a majority of our members. Now we were convinced that their plan was to keep enough of Episcopal open to channel patients to Temple.
We reached out to our political officials and community leaders to pressure Temple to reopen Episcopal fully or to share with us their plans for our future. We believed that our first step toward stabilizing Episcopal was a contract. Our bargaining committee went week after week to negotiate even though Temple’s representatives rarely showed their faces. Temple hoped that if they ignored us long enough we would go away. It only strengthened our resolve to get a contract.
We took to the street again on Sunday, November 21, 1999 with a rally in front of the Apollo. (Now known as the Liacouras Center). We were joined by other union members and activists who spoke out on our behalf.
Temple finally realized we were not going away. By February 2000 a new contract was signed and ratified. More importantly, in the course of our struggle, Temple made a public commitment to keep Episcopal open, which may not have happened without our persistence and hard work.
In the following years Episcopal became a whole new institution. In January 2001 our OB department was relocated to Temple. In March 2001 the operating room, short procedure unit, preadmission testing and endoscopy department were closed.
In May 2002 Behavioral Health started moving into Episcopal from Neumann and Temple. In 2003 we became known as Temple University Hospital, Episcopal Campus.
Local 5106 more than doubled in size, representing nurses in the ER, CRC, two extended acute psychiatric units, three acute care psychiatric units and one medical/telemetry unit, as well as the technicians in radiology, lab, heart station, respiratory and the Crisis Response Center.
In June of 2009, Northeastern Hospital closed and the Northeastern Ambulatory Care Center became part of Episcopal Campus adding new bargaining unit members in the following departments: out-patient chemotherapy, endoscopy, cardiology, radiology and the lab.
In February of 2010 a group of professionals made up of social workers and behavioral health therapists at Episcopal Hospital frustrated by unreasonable case loads and not having any say in the conditions of their employment decided they needed to be part of a union. When local 5106 leaders became aware of the professionals desire to organize our Local officers were happy to meet with them and share their organizing story and offer support for the fight ahead. HPAE assigned an organizer, Adam Clark, and before long the campaign was up and running. With an overwhelming majority of signed cards we met with Temple and asked for recognition on 8/26/10. They, of course, said no. The process would take longer than hoped for, but the Professionals were not deterred. A few months later 12/22/10 the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board ruled that the social workers and behavioral therapists would become part of the RN bargaining unit pending on election. On January 27, 2011, despite a major snowstorm, the Social Workers and Behavioral Therapists came out and voted delivering an overwhelming15 to 2 decision to become part of our Union.
For those of us who have been part of the struggle from the beginning and for those who have joined us along the way, it is clear that the decision to unionize was the right one. Being union has given us the voice that we need to protect our patients and ourselves.