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Christ Hospital, Bayonne Medical Center reach tentative agreements with union

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Bayonne Medical Center was one of two hospitals to reach a tentative contract agreement with HPAE.
Bayonne Medical Center was one of two hospitals to reach a tentative contract agreement with HPAE. - ()

Tentative collective bargaining agreements have been reached between hospital workers and the owners of Christ Hospital in Jersey City and Bayonne Medical Center, the Health Professionals and Allied Employees union announced Thursday.

HPAE said workers at the two hospitals will vote on the tentative contracts next week, and said it would not disclose details until then.

Jeanne Otersen, policy director for HPAE, said, “We made what we believe are significant improvements in (the) staffing level at both hospitals.”

The agreements also enhance retirement security for the workers and “protects many elements of health insurance coverage,” she said.

The agreements would be in place until June 30, 2015. HPAE said it represents more than 1,200 nurses and other health care workers between the two hospitals.

The negotiations had been contentious: After CarePoint raised the possibility of a lockout, the union rallied support from local elected officials.

“The support of our elected officials and community leaders made a major difference to our ability to include strong staffing improvements in both of our contracts,” said Ann Twomey, president of the 12,000 member HPAE. 

The two hospitals are owned by the for-profit CarePoint Health, which also owns a third Hudson County Hospital, Hoboken University Medical Center.

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Beth Fitzgerald

Beth Fitzgerald

Beth Fitzgerald reports on health care, small business and higher education. She joined NJBIZ in 2008 after a 34-year career at the Star-Ledger and has been reporting on business in New Jersey since 1978. Her email is beth@njbiz.com and she is @bethfitzgerald8 on Twitter.

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