JNESO is a labor union that represents professional health care workers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Located in North Brunswick, New Jersey, the union represents 5,000 hospital and clinical workers, including nurses, LPNs and most licensed technical employees.
JNESO began in 1958 as the Jersey Nurses Economic Security Organization, a euphemism for the Union Division of the State Nurses Association.
In 1985, The JNESO membership voted to leave the State Nurses Association as an independent union, officially changing its name to JNESO. Since then, JNESO has expanded its membership base to include other professional and technical employees in the health care field. It has also extended its sphere of influence to other states.
1992 brought affiliation with the tenth largest international in the AFL-CIO, the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE). As the first health care union ever affiliated with the giant international, JNESO has been chartered as District Council. The IUOE connection enables JNESO to continue its slow, steady growth as a major player in health care while maintaining the autonomy and self direction demanded by our independent minded membership.