Registered Nurses At Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses To Vote on Joining a Union Of Health Professionals
(New Brunswick, NJ) – On Wednesday, June 26th, a clear majority of Registered Nurses who provide home health care services at Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses Inc. filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a union election to organize their union with Health Professionals and Allied Employees/AFT (HPAE) (HPAE).
HPAE represents 13,000 nurses, health professionals and workers across New Jersey – including 130 nurses of the VNA Health Group of NJ and VNA of Englewood.
“Providing care to patients in their home environment offers patients ongoing treatment after a recent hospitalization or for chronic medical conditions,” said Debbie White, RN and President. “Nurses at Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses Inc. are standing together to form their union – because, as caregivers, their voices should positively influence how to deliver safe and effective care for patients.”
An election agreement has been signed between both parties and authorizes the NLRB, a federal agency to supervise the union election. The nurses will be voting on Tuesday, July 30th and Thursday, August 1st. Voting will take place between; 7am to 10am, and 3pm to 7pm, on both days. The vote count will take place immediately following the close of the second voting session on August 1st.
HPAE is the largest union of registered nurses and health care professionals in New Jersey. Since its founding by Englewood Hospital nurses in 1974, HPAE has expanded across the state and into Southeastern Pennsylvania representing 13,000 nurses, social workers, therapists, technicians, medical researchers, and other health care professionals in hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, blood banks, and university research facilities. HPAE is affiliated with the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO.