New Jersey Nurses Union, CWA Local 1091
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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

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  • CONTRACT RATIFIED NJNU-SBMC

    We are pleased to announced that the 2019-2022 contract between New Jersey Nurses

    Union, CWA Local 1091, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center has been RATIFIED!!!

    We want to thank you all for your patience and support.

    More details to follow.

    Again thank you,

    In Unity,

    Negotiating Team

  • NJNU SBMC CONTRACT VOTE

    RATIFICATION VOTE
    For this ratification vote NJNU will be utilizing a program called “Election Buddy” due to current restrictions with the state mandate of social distancing. You will receive an email and/or text message with a voter key which is a randomly generated code on Tuesday, September 8th at 9am. The key is single use, only allowing your vote to be cast once.
    Voters do not need an Election Buddy account to vote.
    You will receive a confirmation receipt after you vote.
    Voting is anonymous and voters cannot be linked to their choices.
    WHEN:

    1. Tuesday, September 8th 2020 voting begins at 9am.
    2. Wednesday, September 9th 2020 voting ends at 4pm.

    VOTING is open from 9am on Tuesday continuously through Wednesday 4pm. (you can vote anytime day or night)

    It is vitally IMPORTANT that NJNU has your current personal email address and/or your mobile phone number to be able to vote. Please either call the office at 973-992-6568 or email NJNU at mrefinski@njnu.org

    The office will be available from 8:30am-5:30pm Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30am-4pm for any technical issues.
    Voting closes exactly at 4pm on Wednesday, September 9th.

  • SBMC Negotiation Update #11

    Negotiations Update #11
    August 26, 2020

    Dear NJNU Members,

    NJNU is pleased to announce that we have reached a new and improved tentative agreement with the medical center for the Contract, based your feedback. Details of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) will be sent out next week via email.
    It is vitally important that NJNU has your personal email address and phone number because we will be conducting the ratification vote electronically, due to COVID restrictions on gathering numbers. Members in good standing are eligible to vote; if you have any questions as to your voting status please call the office.
    If you are not receiving emails from NJNU or we do not have your email address please call the office at 973-992-6568 or email njnuemail@njnu.org.
    Please sign up for text updates “nursesnj” to 69866.
    We will be having multiple Zoom meetings on September 1st and September 3rd, to explain the MOA and answer any questions you may have related to it. Times and details for these meetings will be sent out. The actual MOA and wage scales will be sent out electronically once they are finalized, so you may have the opportunity to review it and formulate your questions for the meetings.
    We thank you for your patience, dedication, and support during this process.

    In Unity,
    Negotiating Team

  • SBMC Negotiation Update #10

    August 21, 2020

    Dear NJNU Members:

    The company and your NJNU-CWA bargaining team met virtually again via GoToMeeting on Tuesday and Wednesday ending each day late at night. We apologize for the delay in getting this report to all of you.

    The Team has persisted and discussions continued regarding sick leave during a pandemic or a resurgence of a pandemic, and we were able to reach a tentative agreement that in general terms will provide time off with pay for an employee that is required by the Medical Center to be quarantined due to a work related exposure.

    As for finances, communication has continued. The Medical Center and your Union are still trying to close the gaps in each side’s position to get closer to an agreement. While the Union understands the current economic climate; fair and just compensations have been items in our demands since last year. COVID-19 reaffirmed our commitment to our hospitals, our community and our patients. We worked hard, under extreme physical and emotional distress that was not adequately alleviated, due to the lack of PPE. We need proportionate incentives that will reflect adequate compensation for our members to ratify the agreement.

    We thank you for your patience and support and remind you that we have buttons for those who do not have them, please contact your delegate or contact person so we may get them to you. Those that do have them, WEAR THEM PROUDLY!

    Remember that NJNU needs your personal email to receive updated communications.
    Text nursenj to 69866 on your mobile device to receive text updates from NJNU.

    In Unity,

    Negotiating Team

  • SBMC Negotiations Update #9

    August 14, 2020

    Dear NJNU Members:

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

    The Team has persisted and we have tentatively agreed on language for PPE yesterday and Staffing the prior session. Discussions have continued regarding Sick Leave during a pandemic to assure certain time paid. For the first time the hospital countered on our proposal, and we responded to that proposal to hopefully come to an agreement.

    We know that our members want details on our financial proposals; we will not be bringing exact number or percentages in these updates. Why you ask? The Team is not being secretive but there is a strategy to negotiations, and as a Team along with CWA direction, we believe this is the best approach for a positive outcome.
    Today we have brought a unique concept to the hospital which they are costing out and currently considering.

    The Team continues innovate to get to something we think our members will be able to accept and eventually ratify.

    We thank you for your patience and support.

    We have buttons for those who do not have them, please contact your delegate or contact person so we may get them to you. Those that do have them, WEAR THEM PROUDLY!

    Keep sending those SOLIDARITY pictures; we need a lot before we can send them publicly.
    Hold your arm held high in strength, take a picture and send it to us 973-975-6764 or mrefinski@njnu.org. You have the entire weekend, let’s get 1000! Let’s show the hospital we are ONE and UNITED! (Remember turn your badge, no patient identifiers or patient care area)

    Remember that NJNU needs your personal email to receive updated communications. Text nursenj to 69866 on your mobile device to receive text updates from NJNU.

    We are scheduled to meet next week.

    In Unity,

    Negotiating Team

  • 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.

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