Press Releases

Nov-20-18

JNESO Nurses at LVH-Pocono Donate Shoes to Local Girls Empowerment Program

Pocono, Pa. (Nov. 20, 2018) – More than 100 pairs of shoes have been collected by the JNESO nurses at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono (LVH-P) to help support a local girls empowerment program.

JNESO Chief Steward and Board Member Annmarie Ruggiero organized the shoe drive after learning about the Girls On The Run Pocono program which provides afterschool programming for girls in grades three to eight.

Oct-16-18

JNESO District Council 1, filed Unfair Practices Charges with the Public Employee Relations Commission against the City of Newark

North Brunswick, N.J. – Today, JNESO District Council 1, IUOE-AFL-CIO, filed “Unfair Practices Charges” with the Public Employee Relations Commission (PERC) against the City of Newark for failure to negotiate and ratify a contract for Registered Nurses working at the Newark Department of Health and Community Wellness. JNESO, the professional healthcare union which represents these nurses, has gone through several rounds of contract negotiations and mandated mediations with the City of Newark since the contract expired on December 31, 2015. This is the second time JNESO has filed “Unfair Practices Charges” against the City in the past few months.

Aug-15-18

JNESO Healthcare Union Endorses Mikie Sherrill for Congress in NJ-11

North Brunswick, N.J. – Today, JNESO District Council 1, representing over 5,000 healthcare workers in New Jersey, announced their endorsement of Mikie Sherrill, Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District. “Healthcare professionals across New Jersey need leaders in Congress focused on improving our healthcare system for patients, practitioners, and medical personnel alike,” said JNESO Executive Director, Doug Placa. "JNESO supports candidates who want to improve healthcare and understand the important role nurses and healthcare professionals play. We endorse Mikie Sherrill for Congress because we know she will work to improve care for residents across her district.”

Mar-16-18

STRIKE AVERTED –VIRTUA NURSES AGREE TO NEW CONTRACT

North Brunswick, N.J. – Nurses will not have to strike, after voting to accept a proposed contract with the Virtua Health System that impact the Voorhees, Marlton, Berlin, and Camden locations and Visiting Home Care nurses. The new contract will provide some 1,500 Registered Nurses, members of the JNESO District Council 1, IUOE-AFL-CIO, professional health care union, with a new three (3) year agreement. The new contract covers a wide range of issues –staffing needs topping the list. Time-off, wage increases and pension were also important to the membership.

Mar-06-18

HEALTHCARE UNION POISED TO STRIKE AT VIRTUA HEALTH SYSTEM

North Brunswick, N.J. – On Tuesday, March 6th JNESO District Council 1, IUOE-AFL-CIO, the union representing nearly 1,500 registered nurses at Virtua Health System in Voorhees, Marlton, Berlin, and Camden as well as Visiting Home Care nurses authorized a strike after rejecting the Hospital’s most recent offer at the bargaining table. Citing violations of New Jersey’s Hospital Licensing Standards and other staffing concerns, the union notified management and the state mediator that the membership authorized a strike if necessary. The union must provide ten days’ notice to hospital management before striking - a move that JNESO has not yet made.

Feb-20-18

JNESO Response to NJSNA Position on Nurse-To-Patient Ratios

North Brunswick, N.J. - N.J. Senate Bill 989 is a critical piece of legislation that protects and impacts the lives and safety of patients and the professional licenses of every nurse in NJ. This bill is important because it will set minimum nurse-to-patient ratios in conjunction with a staffing system. In the Febr. 7, 2018 article "State Nurses Rail against bill requiring minimum nurse-patient ratios," by Vince Calio in NJBIZ, the NJ State Nurses Association's (NJSNA) narrow view of this legislation has been debunked by the American Nurses Association -- the largest professional and credentialing organization in the Country.

Oct-31-17

Contract Negotiations Screech To A Halt At St. Mary’s

North Brunswick, N.J. - Contract negotiations at St. Mary’s
General Hospital in Passaic have come to a screeching halt,
and an emergency meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday,
Nov. 1, due to an Unfair Labor Practice complaint filed by JNESO.

Oct-20-17

National Respiratory Care Week: October 22-28

North Brunswick, N.J. – People across New Jersey
breathe easier everyday thanks to the many respiratory
care professionals who use their skills to help patients
suffering from lung conditions

Oct-06-17

JNESO Healthcare Union Endorses Members of NJ Legislature For November Election

North Brunswick, N.J. – JNESO District Council 1,
representing more than 5,000 healthcare workers, is
proud to announce the endorsement of 100 candidates
for the New Jersey State Legislature. North Brunswick, N.J.

Aug-11-17

JNESO Union Outraged by Careless Handling of I-9 Documents for VNA Workers

NORTH BRUNSWICK -On Friday, August 11th,
JNESO, the healthcare union, is outraged and
demanding answers after the discovery of hundreds
of highly sensitive documents and worker eligibility
forms associated with employees of the Visiting
Nurses Association (VNA).

May-09-17

JNESO URGES PA LEGISLATORS SUPPORT THE HOSPITAL NURSING STAFF REPORT CARD ACT

HARRISBURG -On Tuesday, May 9th, JNESO
District Council 1 representatives joined nurses,
legislators and other health care unions to urge
the legislature to pass The Hospital Nursing Staff
Report Card Act (House Bill 833 & Senate Bill 336).

May-08-17

St. Mary's Hospital to Nurses and Professional Techs: This Nurses' Week, You're Fired

PASSAIC -As the nationwide recognition of
Nurses' Week kicked off on Saturday May 6th,
St. Mary's General Hospital in the City of
Passaic first violated their employees' rights
to union representation and then notified them
that they would be laid off.

Mar-23-17

JNESO Announced Support for Phil Murphy for Governor

NORTH BRUNSWICK -JNESO, the union
representing 5,000 hospital and clinical workers,
including nurses, LPNs and licensed technical
employees, this morning endorsed Phil Murphy
for governor.

Jan-27-17

LVHN-POCONO ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL LAYOFFS, HEALTHCARE UNION CONDEMNS!

EAST STROUDSBURG, PA - Today, JNESO District
Council 1 Executive Director Doug Placa and PMC
Local President Mona Hartle issued the following
statements following a second round of layoffs at
LVHN-Pocono.

Jan-03-17

NURSES' UNION DEMANDS SAFE STAFFING AND QUALITY PATIENT CARE AT POCONO MEDICAL CENTER

EAST STROUDSBURG, PA - Today, Pocono
Medical Center (PMC) Registered Nurses
voiced their continued support for quality
patient care at Pocono Medical Center.

Dec-22-16

NURSES' HEALTHCARE UNION BLASTS LAYOFFS AT POCONO MEDICAL CENTER FOLLOWING PMC $3.8 MILLION ER MODERNIZATION

EAST STROUDSBURG, PA - Today, JNESO
District Council 1 Executive Director Doug Placa
and PMC Local President Mona Hartle issued
the following statements following the December
13th announcement that 61 Registered Nurses
[RNs] would be laid off at Pocono Medical
Center (PMC).

Oct-13-16

NURSES' UNION CONTINUES THE FIGHT TO CREATE AWARENESS REGARDING THE DANGERS OF LEAD POISONING

NEWARK -Today, JNESO District Council 1
nurses at Newark's Department of Health and
Community Wellness and other members joined
community leaders and elected officials on the
steps of Newark City Hall to host an event to
create awareness regarding lead poison prevention
in our communities.

Sept-21-16

JNESO DISTRICT COUNCIL 1, RELEASES PA LEGISLATIVE ENDORSEMENTS

NORTH BRUNSWICK – On Wednesday, September
21st, JNESO District Council 1, representing more
than 5,000 nurses and other healthcare workers, released
the following endorsements for the Pennsylvania
State Senate and the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

May-10-16

JNESO SUPPORTS TRANSPARENCY REPORTING NURSE-PATIENT STAFFING RATIOS IN HOSPITALS AND HEALTH CARE FACILITIES

HARRISBURG – On Tuesday, May 10th, JNESO
District Council 1 Executive Director Douglas A.
Placa joined JNESO members, legislators, and other
health care unions to urge the legislature to pass
Senate bill 1081, the Hospital Nurse Staff Report
Card Act.

Apr-21-16

JNESO HEALTHCARE WORKERS GATHER FOR CONVENTION, HONOR ASSEMBLYMAN MORIARTY AS ‘LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR

ATLANTIC CITY – This week, more than 200
JNESO District Council 1, healthcare workers
gathered in Atlantic City for their biennial
convention where they earned Continuing
Education Units (CEUs) by attending seminars
on emerging issues in health care.

Mar-09-16

JNESO RESPONDS TO ELEVATED LEAD LEVELS IN NEWARK SCHOOLS' WATER, ENCOURAGES FUNDING OF LEAD HAZARD CONTROL FUND

On Wednesday, March 9, 2016, JNESO District
Council 1, Executive Director, Douglas Placa released
the following statement regarding the DEP's
announcement of elevated lead levels in Newark’s
schools’ water.

Feb-23-16

JNESO URGES ASSEMBLY HEALTH COMMITTEE TO PRIORITIZE ADDRESSING LEAD CONTAMINATION IN NEW JERSEY

On Monday, February 22nd, JNESO Executive
Director Douglas Placa and Community Organizer
Thurese Calhoun were invited to appear before the
Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee
for a hearing on the impact of lead contamination
in New Jersey.

Oct-30-15

NURSES AT HOBOKEN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER REJECT CAREPOINT’S FINAL CONTRACT OFFER

HOBOKEN – JNESO District Council 1 – the
professional healthcare union representing approximately
400 nurses at Hoboken University Medical Center
– On Thursday, October 29, 2015, nurses at Hoboken
University Medical Center voted overwhelmingly
to reject CarePoint Health’s final contract offer.

Sep-21-15

JNESO District Council 1 Releases Legislative Endorsements

NEWARK – Today, Newark residents and healthcare
workers from JNESO District Council 1, IUOE Local
68, and District 1199J took to the streets in the fight to
save St. Michael’s Medical Center with a rally and
march throughout the city.

May-27-15

NEWARK RESIDENTS AND HEALTHCARE WORKERS TAKE TO THE STREETS TO SAVE ST. MICHAEL’S MEDICAL CENTER

NEWARK – Today, Newark residents and healthcare
workers from JNESO District Council 1, IUOE Local
68, and District 1199J took to the streets in the fight to
save St. Michael’s Medical Center with a rally and
march throughout the city.