JNESO in Favor of Masking Protocols in Schools
North Brunswick, N.J. (Aug. 10, 2021) -- “We need to do whatever we can to protect our children and having all school-age children wear masks this fall is what will keep them safe,” said Douglas Placa, Executive Director of JNESO District Council 1, the health care union that serves 5,000 nurses and techs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. With national pediatric COVID-19 cases already at 94,000 as of this week, which is an increase of over 22,000 cases since the last week in July, this continued upward trend has nurses and the entire health care community concerned. The American Acad
JNESO ENDORSES GOVERNOR MURPHY FOR RE-ELECTION
Union represents nurses and other healthcare workers across New Jersey - Today, JNESO District Council 1 formally announced their endorsement of Governor Phil Murphy for re-election during a virtual membership meeting. JNESO – a healthcare labor union representing more than 5,000 nurses and other healthcare workers – emphasized the Governor’s leadership throughout the pandemic as a driving reason for the endorsement. “Today we’ve come together to announce our endorsement for Governor Murphy’s re-election,” said Elfrieda Johnson, JNESO Board President.
Virtua Nurses Ratify New 3-Year Contract
North Brunswick, N.J. – Measures to ensure nurse and patient safety were key to the ratification of a new 3-year contract negotiated by members of JNESO District Council 1, the professional health care union, that protects and serves 1,500 nurses in the Virtual Health Care System. The accessibility and use of Personal Protective Equipment was addressed in the new contract. “Previously rules and regulations on PPE were set by Virtua, but the stronger language states that anything governing PPE needs to meet or exceed state and federal laws and regulations, including guidelines from OSHA,” said Douglas Placa, Executive Director of JNESO. “It also states employees will be trained in the use of personal protective equipment, and fit tested as appropriate.”
Celebrate Nurses Week: Say “Thank You” to nurses for going “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty”
Every day nurses give their all to provide the best quality care and to advocate for their patients. For many, this role continues even after they clock out at the end of a busy day. These same nurses, who have been serving on the frontlines for over a year, have now expanded their reach even further to serve local communities as volunteers in the fight against COVID-19. Nurses have been volunteering to assist towns, schools, and religious organizations with COVID-19 screening and testing, education, and have been a huge part of the statewide vaccination effort.
JNESO Honors Gov. Murphy as Public Servant of the Year
North Brunswick, N.J. – New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has been selected as the 2021 recipient of “Public Servant of the Year Award” by JNESO District Council 1, the professional health care union which represents some 5,000 nurses and techs in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. “JNESO chose to honor Governor Murphy for his steadfast commitment to health care workers, and continuous efforts to support labor and help us create better working conditions in the Garden State. We know we have a voice with Governor Murphy,” said Douglas Placa, Executive Director of JNESO.
Layoffs are a reality for some Virtua Nurses in the midst of contract negotiations
North Brunswick, N.J. – The threat of layoffs has been added to the list of concerns that nurses, represented by JNESO District Council 1, will need to address as part of contract negotiations with the Virtua Health Care System. The current 3-year contract covers 1,500 nurses in several South Jersey locations and expired on March 30, 2021. “Without any warning or discussion, the hospital administration on the first day of negotiations informed us that they were eliminating 14 positions within the home care group. This is almost 14% of the 75 registered nurses who are in home care. Several of these jobs will be permanently lost, and while some new job titles are being created, the laid off nurses may not be eligible to take them,” stated Douglas Placa, Executive Director of JNESO. “The hospital administration’s behavior is egregious, with no respect for the nurses who may be losing their jobs and to those who might be indirectly impacted by the changes. We consider this conduct and the timing of these layoffs to be an attempt to intimidate the nursing staff.”
COVID-19 Rages While LVH-Pocono Nurses Fight for Health & Safety Improvements in a New Contract
Pocono, PA/New Brunswick, NJ (Jan. 14, 2021) -- As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Stroudsburg area, Lehigh Valley-Pocono Hospital (LVH-P) nurses find themselves fighting two battles -- one to keep themselves and their patients safe and alive, and the other to get hospital administrators to agree to a new three-year contract. On January 31, 2021 the contract will expire that covers some 400 Registered Nurses (RN’s), represented by JNESO District Council 1, the professional health care union. The biggest issues are creating Safe Staffing levels for optimal nurse to patient care ratios, to ensure that trained nurses are at the bedside, and to improve COVID-19 health and safety protocols and procedures including greater access to vital Personal Protective Equipment.
JNESO Nurses and Techs Ratify New Three-Year Contract with St. Mary’s
North Brunswick, N.J. (Dec.18, 2020) – After months of tenuous negotiations, agreements have been reached between the nurses and technical employees represented by JNESO District Council 1, the professional health care union, and the management of St. Mary’s General Hospital in Passaic. In addition to wages and healthcare, the new agreements include several items related to COVID-19 including testing and increased accessibility to PPE to protect the health and safety of the 300 RN’s and 130 techs represented by JNESO. The 3-year contracts take effect retroactively from August 15, 2020 and extend through August 14, 2023.
JNESO’s Fight to Protect Nurses Results in OSHA fines and investigations at St. Michael’s Medical Center and Virtua Marlton Hospital
North Brunswick, N.J. -- After months of filing complaints about health and safety violations with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) related to COVID-19, JNESO District Council 1 has received a victory in the effort to protect their members at two New Jersey Hospitals. OSHA fined St. Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, N.J., just over $50,000 for multiple violations, and ordered Virtua Marlton Hospital in Marlton, N.J., investigate and rectify safety complaints. The violations stemmed from issues such as: lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), improper fit-testing and health questioning for N95 masks, failure to timely report COVID-19 related staff illness and deaths, and alleged workplace hazards.
STATEMENT: JNESO Nurse Dawn Kulach loses her job in the fight for PPE protections at Virtua
North Brunswick, NJ (April 10, 2020) -- Nurse Dawn Kulach went public with her story about how she was sent home for wearing an N95 mask and gloves brough from home in order to protect herself during her shift at the hospital. Today she lost her job, but says she will continue to fight for what is right. On Thursday, April 9, she met with her employer, Virtua -Voorhees, accompanied by a JNESO union representative to discuss the situation. The employer gave her an ultimatum to respond by Friday, she did and was fired by email.
NURSES SUFFER FROM LACK OF PPE
North Brunswick, N.J. (April 6, 2020) -- Things are bad and getting worse for nurses and hospital techs, despite reports that more personal protective equipment is being funneled to New Jersey healthcare facilities. “Nurses are scared and angry because they aren’t getting the PPE they need to do their jobs. They are doing whatever they can to stay safe and in some cases they are being unfairly punished for it. Others have given up and left the profession,” said Douglas Placa, Executive Director of JNESO District Council 1, a union that serves 5,000 health care professionals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. “The changing CDC guidelines seem to only address supplies as opposed to focusing on safety and what is really needed to keep nurses from getting sick, and the result is putting health care workers at increased risk for exposure.”
COVID-19 Protection: Nurses Demand Plans, Training and Proper Equipment
Pocono, PA/North Brunswick, NJ -- Just washing your hands isn’t enough protection for nurses and healthcare workers on the frontlines of caring for people who have been diagnosed with, or may have been exposed to, the Coronavirus (COVID-19). JNESO District Council 1, the Professional Healthcare Union, is calling on hospital and medical facility administrators to step-up and take action to ensure that the needs of nurses and other healthcare professionals are made a priority.
JNESO District Council 1 Endorses Members of NJ Legislature For November Election
North Brunswick, N.J. (Oct. 15, 2019) –JNESO District Council 1, representing more than 5,000 healthcare workers, is proud to announce the endorsement of candidates for the New Jersey State Legislature. The JNESO Board of Directors, unanimously voted to endorse these candidates after a thorough review of voting records, public positions and responses to a top healthcare issues questionnaire.
JNESO Members donate and distribute bottled water to local Newark residents Saturday, September 7th: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
North Brunswick, N.J. – As the battle over lead in Newark water rages on, JNESO District Council 1 members are taking action. On Saturday, September 7th, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, JNESO volunteers will distribute bottled water at the Paradise Baptist Church located at 348 15th Avenue (Corner of Hunterdon St. & 15th Ave.) in Newark.
VIRTUA IS TURNING NURSES' LIVES UPSIDE DOWN
Virtua Health Systems decided to change the way they deliver healthcare. Not only did they purchase Lourdes, but they want to change the way their two largest facilities in Marlton and Voorhees are staffed. They are eliminating positions, changing shifts and reassigning workplace locations for dozens of nurses. This is called a LAYOFF. Virtua is not only wreaking havoc with nurses’ lives, they are not following the mutually agreed upon collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The CBA outlines the process for staffing changes and layoffs for the 1,600 Virtua nurses represented by JNESO, District Council 1, the professional healthcare union.
JNESO AND VIRTUA MEETING YIELDS NO CHANGES IN PLANS TO ELIMINATE AND REASSIGN NURSING POSITIONS IN VOORHEES AND MARLTON
North Brunswick, N.J. (July 03, 2019) – New Jersey State Senator Troy Singleton hosted a meeting on Friday between representatives from the Virtua Health Care System and JNESO District Council 1, the union that represents Virtua nurses, in an attempt to resolve issues surrounding a new staffing plan that would eliminate and reassign nursing positions.
Senator Singleton encouraged both sides to communicate but there was no resolution. Virtua continues to refuse to abide by the mutually agreed upon collective bargaining agreement and will implement the new staffing plan on August 1, 2019. The plan will eliminate 28 positions and reassign dozens of nurses serving on the Medical/Surgical Floors and Surgical Services Units at both the Voorhees and Marlton facilities.
VIRTUA ELIMINATES NURSING POSITIONS IN VOORHEES & MARLTON
North Brunswick, N.J. (June 24, 2019) – Registered Nurses, represented by JNESO the healthcare union, were told in a surprise announcement by Virtua Health System management that positions would be changed or eliminated in the Medical/Surgical Floors and Surgical Services Units at both the Voorhees and Marlton facilities as of August 1, 2019.
“This announcement is a clear violation of the process regarding staffing changes that we negotiated under our current contract which went into effect in 2018. The nurses are stunned and extremely concerned about the possibility of losing their positions,” said Douglas Placa, Executive Director of JNESO, the union that serves and protects more than 1,600 nurses in the Virtua System.
Paying Tribute to Nurses who Give Back for Nurses Week 2019
North Brunswick, N.J. -- Nurses do more than just care for patients; they make a difference every day. In celebration of Nurses Week, May 6-12, JNESO pays tribute to nurses who not only provide excellent care, but also spend countless hours volunteering their time, skills, and passion to help those in need locally and abroad.
“Nurses are dedicated, compassionate and do amazing work 24/7, but often go unrecognized for their efforts,” said Douglas Placa, Executive Director of JNESO.
JNESO Announces 2019 Award Recipients
JNESO, the professional healthcare union, has announced the recipients of the Public Servant of the Year Award and three college scholarships. “We are extremely proud to present the 2019 awards to these amazing individuals,” said Douglas Placa, Executive Director of JNESO, the healthcare union that serves some 5,000 nurses and techs across New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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).
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.