New Jersey Nurses Union, CWA Local 1091
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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

  • SBMC Negotiation Update #8

    August 7, 2020

    Dear NJNU Members:

    The company and your NJNU-CWA bargaining team met virtually again via GoToMeeting.

    The Medical Center responded to most of the pending request for information that the Union has made. We are evaluating those responses in order to understand the way the Medical Center provided the necessary time off for our nurses to protect themselves. Is our intent to keep looking for creative ways to address this issue.

    We also continued our lengthy discussions over Personal Protective Equipment, and the ability of the Medical Center to provide our members with enough respiratory protective equipment. Both sides discussed various options, such as reusable equipment and current decontamination practices and procedures. We continue to make proposals to address those issues but we are still not yet in agreement.

    As for staffing, after many discussion the parties reached a tentative agreement that improves communications between nurses and managers, addresses the future EPIC tool that will be implemented in the medical center, improves communication during pandemic emergencies among others.

    Finally after the Union evaluated the employer’s cost analysis and the financial information provided, we made a new Wage Proposal. Now is the Medical Center’s turn to provide a counter proposal to both Wages and Shifts and Differentials.

    As we move forward we need the Members to step up Mobilization efforts. We continue to ask our nurses to join us and take a picture of yourself or you with your colleagues (like the one attached) and text it to NJNU:
    Holding your arm up, hand closed as a sign of strength, support, and solidarity for your team and Union.
    Make sure there are no patient or SBMC identifiers in the picture 
    Any location is fine - it could be taken at home, in the parking garage, in the cafeteria, lounge, etc, but not in a patient care area
    Any attire is fine, but scrubs or other work-related gear, or a CWA shirt will look the most powerful (just remember - no SBMC identifiers)
    Text your picture to NJNU 973-975-6764 or mrefinski@njnu.org
    We'll be sharing pictures on social media as well as including them in a press release to let the public know NJNU CWA Local 1091 nurses are in full support of our negotiating team and are fighting for a fair contract!

    It will be a message demanding SBMC to bargain with the Union to get a fair contract that recognizes our nurses contribution during the pandemic and that will honor the words from the hospitals: that we were and are heroes. We also received our NJNU and we are ready to distribute those with any member that don’t have.

    We are scheduled to meet next week on Thursday and Friday. Remember that all the terms and conditions of the prior contract remain in place, with the exception of the arbitration provisions.

    Make sure you're signed up to receive news and updates via text message by texting the word "NursesNJ" to 69866.

    An Injury To One, Is An Injury To All.

    Your Bargaining Team.

  • SBMC Negotiations #7

    August 6, 2020

    Dear NJNU Members:

    The company and your NJNU-CWA bargaining team met virtually today on GoToMeeting.
    The Union made a new request for information to understand the employer’s positions over the Union’s Sick Time proposal, which was rejected last week. Is our intent to be able to address our members issues thoroughly and be able to present new solutions to the problems that our membership has shared with us. During the COVID-19 pandemic, there were challenges to make sure our nurses had the necessary time off to protect themselves and we are looking for creative ways to address this issue.

    Today we also continue to have discussions over Health and Safety, mainly to improve our contract and ensure new protections for our nurses during this pandemic times. We continue to push the Medical Center to understand that our patients, the public and us, expect a healthy and safe work environment and we are ready to collaborate on meeting that goal. Staffing is a major issue as we all know, but in this regard, the Medical Center has listen to us and we continue to make some positive movement. We are hopeful that the Medical Center will agree with our latest proposal. This will help us move forward with other issues.

    The Union is also currently working on the employer’s cost analysis, we also requested new information to help us to intelligently discuss their counter proposal and be able to present new wage offer. But at the same time, the Union still waits for the Medical Center to respond to our Shift and Differentials Proposals.

    As we move forward we will need the Members to step up Mobilization efforts. We continue to ask our nurses to join us and take a picture of yourself  or you with your colleagues (like the one attached) and text it to NJNU:
    Holding your arm up, hand closed as a sign of strength, support, and solidarity for your team and Union.
    Make sure there are no patient or SBMC identifiers in the picture 
    Any location is fine - it could be taken at home, in the parking garage, in the cafeteria, lounge, etc, but not in a patient care area
    Any attire is fine, but scrubs or other work-related gear, or a CWA shirt will look the most powerful (just remember - no SBMC identifiers)
    Text your picture to NJNU 973-975-6764 or mrefinski@njnu.org
    We'll be sharing pictures on social media as well as including them in a press release to let the public know NJNU CWA Local 1091 nurses are in full support of our negotiating team and are fighting for a fair contract!

    It will be a message demanding SBMC to bargain with the Union to get a fair contract that recognizes our nurses contribution during the pandemic and that will honor the words from the hospitals: that we were and are heroes.

    We are scheduled to meet tomorrow August 7th. Remember that all the terms and conditions of the prior contract remain in place, with he exception of the arbitration provisions.

    Make sure you're signed up to receive news and updates via text message by texting the word "NursesNJ" to 69866.

    An Injury To One, Is An Injury To All.

    Your Bargaining Team.

  • SBMC Negotiation Update #6

    July 31, 2020

    Dear NJNU Members:

    The Company and your Bargaining Team resumed bargaining the past 3 days virtually through GoToMeeting ending each day late every evening in an effort to get our members the fair and equitable contract we all deserve.

    NJNU-CWA Local 1091 has presented many proposals, based on the surveys from our members to address each and every issue, with the hopes that an agreement will be crafted. One of those issues is sick time during this pandemic time to provide protections to our members during quarantine. SBMC has rejected all of our proposals.
    We also discussed and focused mainly on your top issues, based on the survey that our members responded , Wages, Staffing,Health and Safety (PPE) /Crisis Pay. We held many discussions over Health and Safety and PPE, but we haven’t’ reached an agreement. The Union believes this issue is crucial for our members not just during a pandemic, but on a day to day basis. Our patients, the public and we, expect a healthy and safe work environment and we are ready to collaborate on meeting that goal. The Union has proposed several proposals of safety language, looking for a common understanding but we have not been successful.
    Staffing language is a major issue as we all know, but there has been some progress, we are not where we would have hope we could be, but we are working diligently to solve the Union’s and Management’s differences.
    Finally, we received a cost analysis done by the medical center over wages and compensation this week. Wednesday we made a request for information to the Medical Center and they provided all the information late yesterday. This information is necessary for us to intelligently discuss their counter proposal and be able to present new ones if needed. We are currently working with CWA’s research department to perform a full analysis to discus with the Medical Center. But with the information we received, we were able to present a counter proposal over Shifts and Differentials, late in the evening.
    As we move forward we will need the Members to step up Mobilization efforts. We urge our membership to wear their NJNU-Union Strong pins (we ordered more) and make sure the Company knows that we are serious about a fair contract. If any member of the management team reaches out to you to talk about these ongoing negotiations, tell him or her to talk to your union, your duly elected representatives at the table!
    We are scheduled to meet August 6th and 7th. Our contract expires tomorrow August 1st, but as today we have not requested an extension. Once the contract expires, all the terms and conditions of the prior contract remain in place, with the exception of the arbitration provisions.
    Make sure you're signed up to receive news and updates via text message by texting the word "NursesNJ" to 69866.
    An Injury To One, Is An Injury To All.

    Your Bargaining Team.

  • SBMC Negotiations # 5

    Dear NJNU Members:

    The Company and your Bargaining Team resume bargaining today again virtually thru GoToMeeting.

    NJNU-CWA Local 1091, reaffirms that we have an open mind, willingness and a sincere desire to reach Collective Bargaining Agreement. To that end NJNU received a cost analysis from the Employer to which we have now sent an information request to the Employer, in order to do our own cost analysis with the CWA research/finance department.
    We continue to make some progress with the PPE and countered proposed language in line with FDA/OSHA guidelines. The Union presented a revised proposal on Sick leave to address quarantine and other pandemic related issues that our members requested be addressed, once again the Medical Center rejected it.
    As we move forward we will need the Members to step up Mobilization efforts. We urge our membership to wear their NJNU-Union Strong pins and make sure the Company knows that we are serious about a fair contract. If any member of the management team reaches out to you to talk about these ongoing negotiations, tell him or her to talk to your union, your duly elected representatives at the table!

    We are scheduled to meet tomorrow. We deserve a fair and equitable agreement that provides for the much-needed improvements that our members have tasked us to reach.
    Make sure you're signed up to receive news and updates via text message by texting the word "NursesNJ" to 69866.
    An Injury To One, Is An Injury To All.

    Your Bargaining Team.

  • SBMC Negotiations Update #4

    July 28, 2020

    Dear NJNU Members:

    The Company and your Bargaining Team resume bargaining today virtually thru GoToMeeting.

    Discussions continued over PPE and Health and Safety, Staffing Language and Staffing during the Pandemic and we received a counter proposal over those issues. The Medical Center rejected our proposal over Sick Time and have not countered our Wages/Minimums and Shifts/Differential proposals. NJNU-CWA Local 1091, reaffirms that we have an open mind, willingness and a sincere desire to reach Collective Bargaining Agreement. We are committed and request management to help us find common ground to get that agreement, and to solve the differences that have arisen.
    As we move forward we will need the Members to step up Mobilization efforts. We urge our membership to wear their NJNU-Union Strong pins and make sure the Company knows that we are serious about a fair contract. If any member of the management team reaches out to you to talk about these ongoing negotiations, tell him or her to talk to your union, your duly elected representatives at the table!

    We are scheduled to meet tomorrow. We deserve a fair and equitable agreement that provides for the much-needed improvements that our members have tasked us to reach.
    Make sure you're signed up to receive news and updates via text message by texting the word "NursesNJ" to 69866.
    An Injury To One, Is An Injury To All.

    Your Bargaining Team.

  • Negotiation Update # 3

    July 23, 2020

    Dear NJNU Members:

    The Company and your Bargaining Team resumed
    bargaining today.

    Both parties reached a tentative agreement on Article XXXIII, Work Assignments to address the new EPU group in SDS. We also reached a tentative agreement on Article XXVI, Grievance Procedure, that will apply in cases of a pandemic, just like we lived thru. The Union also presented a new counter proposal over Clinical Ladders to address our members concerns during the COVID-19. We also presented a comprehensive proposal over staffing that among other things, will empower our Patient Satisfaction/Staffing Committee to address staffing issues thru a new dispute resolution process. It also addresses the EPIC tool SBMC wants to introduce in the future and provides for new rules regarding Staffing during a pandemic, among other things. We firmly believe that staffing is a critical piece of the effectiveness of caring for our patients and our nurses well-being;
    this language will help meet those goals. As for Health and Safety, we are addressing all the PPE issues and currently working with the CWA National Health and Safety Director on those proposals.

    NJNU also presented a new Shift Differentials and Wages and Minimums Proposals. Under our proposal we will extend the life of the contract, provide for a 6% wage increase across the board (retroactive to the expiration of our contract) for each year of the agreement, pull pay for nurses that are pulled out of their unit during a pandemic; a $20.00 premium pay for all hours work during a pandemic; among many other improvements. All based on your suggestions during our survey period.

    The Medical Center didn’t respond to our Sick Time, Staffing, Shifts and Differential Proposals and Wages and Minimums since they will run a costing of the agreement. If any member of the management team reaches out to you to talk about these ongoing negotiations, tell him or her to talk to your union, your duly elected representatives at the table!

    As we move forward we will need the Members to step up Mobilization efforts. It is imperative we let the Company know that we are serious about a fair contract. We are scheduled to meet July 28st. We deserve a fair and equitable agreement that provides for the much-needed improvements that our members have tasked us to reach.
    Make sure you're signed up to receive news and updates via text message by texting the word "NursesNJ" to 69866.
    An Injury To One, Is An Injury To All.

    Your Bargaining Team.

  • Appeal Process

    Dear Members,

    . We know a lot of you became sick with Covid-19 during the Critical Shift Bonus time and your eligible hours were decreased, giving you less money. If you have been rejected after going through this entire process PLEASE let us know! We’ve emailed all members the Appeal process.

    So please finish the process and send all of your information to us via email at njnuemail@njnu.org or FAX at 973-992-8410. We will look into it from there, but we can’t unless we have the information.

    NJNU

  • CWA UPDATE

    March 5, 2020

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    As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect communities across the globe, CWA leaders are engaging with employers to ensure that they are providing CWA members with comprehensive safety and prevention measures in an environment that encourages open and free communication without fear of reprisal or negative impacts on pay or continued employment.

    CWA's Health and Safety department has established a process for locals to report on what protections employers have put in place as well as for members to report any incidents of exposure or infection. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms consistent with infection, please contact your CWA Local or District immediately.

    Local health and safety committees are also sharing information with members on protocols for avoiding infection at their workplaces.

    These resources provide more information on how to protect yourself from coronavirus infection, what to do if you are sick, and how to address the risk of infection in your workplace:

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Coronavirus Disease 2019
    Occupational Safety and Health Administration COVID-19 Hazard Recognition
    AFL-CIO Coronavirus Resources

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