Mobilizing for Safer Care in New Jersey
The New Jersey Nurses Union (NJNU), was created by working nurses at Saint Barnabas Medical Center who desired strong representation in all areas of professional concern. Since its inception in 1991, NJNU has proven effective in negotiating their contracts as well as making certain the terms and conditions are upheld. Read More
Maria Refinski, NJNU President
New Jersey Nurses News
Dear NJNU KMC members:
CWA's political lobbyist Seth Hahn, Mary Barbes, and myself (Maria Refinski) met with 4 legislators, Rible, Kean, Lampitt, and Schaer. Mostly they were not aware of what impact of the closure of MIP at KMC would have on the community. We provided the history of what is happening and about KMC in general. Although MIP is the most urgent, we did inform them about the reduction of beds both in med-surg and critical care. We are hoping their influence may help our cause. NJNU is continuing to fight for our community's needs and yours. We will keep you posted.
Maria Refinski RNBSN President NJNU
NJNU KMC members:
CWA's political lobbyist Seth Hahn, Mary Barbes, and myself have met with 4 legislators, Rible, Kean, Lampitt, and Schaer. Mostly they were not aware of what impact of the closure of MIP at KMC would have on the community. We provided the history of what is happening and about KMC in general. Although MIP is the most urgent, we did inform them about the reduction of beds both in med-surg and critical care. We are hoping their influence may help our cause. NJNU is continuing to fight for our community's needs and yours. We will keep you posted.
Maria Refinski RNBSN President NJNU
Dear NJNU member:
Our Lobby Day, March 27th, is becoming a big event – when hundreds of nurses and workers from unions and groups will come to Trenton to raise our voices together for safe staffing and for a Department of Health that protects patient care first. I’m glad you will be part of this important event. We will be carpooling from the NJNU office in Livingston and the NJNU office in Lakewood.
At 9:30am we will start our day with breakfast at the Masonic Temple at 100 Barracks St in Trenton. We have invited NJ State Senators to greet us there – or meet with us at the statehouse later in the morning.
Throughout the day, we will also be hosting an information table in the statehouse in the ‘tunnel’ – outside the cafeteria and between the Statehouse and Annex. We need volunteers to stay at this table, getting petitions signed and giving out information about our issues. If you want to volunteer at this table, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Starting at 10:30am, we will organize by regional teams to meet with NJ Senators over at the Statehouse. We would also encourage you to send a personal note to your Senator asking him/her to meet with you in Trenton. Go to this link to find your State Senator www.njleg.state.nj.us . You can forward any response to email@example.com
At 12noon, we will meet back at the Masonic Temple for lunch – and will either present our petitions to the Department of Health Commissioner, or send a delegation over to the DOH building.
At 2pm, the Senate convenes back at the statehouse – and many of us will be returning to the Statehouse to watch the Senate proceedings. We are arranging a car pool or bus – so make sure you are aware of when your local group is leaving Trenton to return home. Our groups will be leaving by 1-2pm.
A few notes:
• Wear your scrubs
• Bring your identification (i.e., license) since you will not be admitted to the Statehouse without proper ID.
• Parking lots are located close by (at the Trenton Lafayette Yards hotel or on Front Street).
If you have any questions – reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org
All NJNU Members:
March 27th, NJNU along with many other unions in NJ will be going to Trenton to lobby for legislation #1183. We will be speaking to politicians and taking our petitions to the Board of Health. We would like as many members a possible to go to Trenton to show unity and strength bring attention to legislation for adequate nurse:patient ratios that are safe for patients and nurses. Petitions are being circulated that we want you to get your colleagues, friends, and family to sign in support. (keep nurses petitions and NJ resident separate) and return them to a NJNU rep or to our office. You can also return them to your delegates. We must do this, it is about time! You can register online to attend by going to www.njnu.org and go to events: NJNU Lobby Day or sending back registration form or just call NJNU 973-992-6568. We will be carpooling and providing lunch.
Join us, its time!
This is the link to the petition NJNU/CWA is sending the DOH on behalf of our members/nurses who work at Kimball Medical Center. 62 of our colleagues received a layoff notice today from the hospital. NJNU only received it today also.
We must take action immediately, please go to the link above and sign the petition against eliminating this vital services KMC provides to the Lakewood community and for our members that have devoted most of their careers in service to that community and medical center. Please get your families and friends to sign it also, we must do this NOW!!! NJNU
We have come too far, -- struggled too long, -- sacrificed too much and have too much left to do, -- to allow that which we have achieved for the good of all to be swept away without a fight. And we have not forgotten how to fight.— Lane Kirkland
NJNU will enter into "effects bargaining" on behalf of our Kimball members. We will keep you updated with any information.
The 2013-2015 SBMC RN & LPN Contracts were ratified. Thank you all for your participation in the vote.