Listen to Us. It Can Save Lives...and Other HPAE News - Health Professionals & Allied Employees

Listen to Us. It Can Save Lives…and Other HPAE News

Listen to Us. It Can Save Lives.

HPAE members have begun contract negotiations across New Jersey with an overarching focus on worker and patient safety measures, safe staffing, and infectious disease preparedness. The lessons learned during the COVID pandemic are guiding healthcare workers at the bargaining table demanding healthcare employers listen to their workers who served on the frontlines.



“Nurses and other healthcare professionals are well-respected in society and must be heard,” says HPAE President Debbie White, RN, “Their experiences over the last year have led to a set of demands that will go far to protect frontline caregivers. Ultimately, COVID-19 has served to highlight what we’ve said all along; worker safety is patient safety.” Click here to read more.

Healthcare Workers to Honor Those We Lost, #IWMD2021

On International Workers Memorial Day this Wednesday, April 28, HPAE members will honor those we lost by wearing ribbons “In Memory” of all healthcare workers who were exposed, fell ill and lost their lives to COVID-19. Additionally, several events are taking place next week to remember the overwhelming number of essential workers who lost their lives, including:

Tiffany Busby, RN and HPAE Local 5058 Vice President will join labor leaders from across NJ at a Worker Memorial Day event hosted by NJ Work Environment Council to pay tribute to those workers who lost their lives. Click here to register for the event.

Settlement reached between HPAE Local 5107 and Llanfair House


After the members of HPAE Local 5107 at Llanfair voted to authorize informational picketing, management returned to the bargaining table more determined to negotiate and reach an agreement before the informational picketing date. On Tuesday, April 20th, the negotiation committee reached a tentative agreement with management at Llanfair House. Online membership meetings will be held on Tuesday, April 27  to review the details of the agreement and vote on whether to ratify the agreement.


May 18th is the Voter Registration Deadline

Don’t miss the Voter Registration deadline, click here to Register to Vote! The Primary election is Tuesday, June 8, 2021 and you must be registered to vote by May 18th. Register and then join us in calling potential voters on April 29th from 5:00pm – 7:00pm to urge HPAE members to register to vote. Contact Alethea Dixon at to help make calls on April 29th. HPAE is urging voters to head to the polls on Primary Day to elect Valerie Vainieri Huttle to the NJ Senate, replace retiring Senator Loretta Weinberg, who has been a strong advocate for working people in Legislative District 37. Click here to read more.


HPAE 2021 Convention

Save the dates, Wednesday, October 6 and Thursday, October 7, 2021 to join your HPAE sisters and brothers across NJ and the Philadelphia region for the HPAE 2021 Convention. This year the convention will be held on a virtual platform. More information to come in the days ahead, but for now save those dates on your calendar.


In the News . . .

THE RECORD: How the powerful NJ hospital interests beat back stronger health laws during COVID

THE STAR-LEDGER OP-ED: Doing their job should not have cost them their lives, By Debbie White

THE STAR-LEDGER: Rutgers, New Jersey, you broke your promise By Catherine A. Mazzola

ASBURY PARK PRESS: NJ should use budget surplus and rebuild health care to avoid grim post-COVID aftermath

THE RECORD: Pandemic safety the top priority as NJ health care workers’ unions enter contract talks

THE STAR-LEDGER: N.J.’s largest nurses union filed 24 worker safety complaints during pandemic

THE JERSEY JOURNAL: Healthcare workers union to begin contract negotiations with Hudson County hospitals

NJ SPOTLIGHT: State’s largest nurses union calls for worker safety during contract negotiations

THE PATCH: NJ Nurses Push for Hazard Pay, ‘Safe Staffing’ Amid Pandemic


NJ SPOTLIGHT: New studies show COVID-19 vaccines protect health care workers and their households

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