After more than a full year of negotiations, registered nurses at University Hospital represented by the Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) Local 5089 approved a new contract by an overwhelming 98 percent.
According to HPAE, the new contract provides stronger target staffing levels for every unit, non-hostile workplace language, updated language to include provisions of the Workplace Democracy Act and Earned Sick Leave, and a comprehensive wage package.
“This contract will help ensure that University Hospital patients receive the kind of high-quality care they deserve and are entitled to,” said HPAE Local 5089 President Cynthia McDougall. “HPAE fought hard over the past year to provide a contract that protects both our members and the patients we serve. We believe this contract does just that and are proud that 98 percent of our members agree.”
“We are proud of this contract and I want to thank University Hospital President Shereef Elnahal for working with us on it. We look forward to continued dialogue on how the hospital can best serve its patients and staff,” said HPAE President Debbie White.
HPAE is the largest union of registered nurses and health care professionals in New Jersey.