By Workers World Philadelphia bureau posted on November 6, 2020 Workers World Party Philadelphia joined National Nurses United and the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) in holding a vigil on Oct. 29 for healthcare workers who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. ", "Scranton CMC Nurses Vote in Favor of Union Representation. "Pennsylvania Nurses Association Files Complaint vs. "Pa. Nurses Fed Up With Short Staffing. ", Jackson, M. Paul. Join to Connect. "NLRB Gives Each Side A Partial Win. In early November, members of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) in four Philadelphia area hospitals voted to walk out if hospital administrators did not agree to their contract demands. The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP)[1] is a labor union in Pennsylvania that represents about 8,300 nurses and allied health professionals. "Nurses Union Lobbying to End Overtime Rules. The union led a 24-hour strike against the Tennessee based Community Health Systems in December 2010 in Wilkes Barre while the threat of a second strike on May Day 2010 later backed the for profit company off of major healthcare concessions and anti union demands. ", McKay, Jim. PSEA." We are proud to be the state's fastest growing union for nurses and health professionals. "CMC Nurses Union Goes National. Management asked The Burke Group, a notorious anti-union consultant, to advise the hospital on strategy and tactics. It’s one of the largest successful union campaigns in the Philadelphia region in the last few years. ", Axelrod, Daniel. Press release. If Pennsylvania were to become a RTW state, PASNAP would risk losing dues paying members as well as agency fee payers because these members would have a choice of union membership or not. "Pennsylvania Nurses Association Files Complaint vs. PSEA," press release, Pennsylvania Nurses Association, May 12, 1994. ", George, John. ", Brubaker, Harold. "Nurses OK New 5-Year Contract. The strike was organized by the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP), which represents 8,500 nurses and health care professionalsacross Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals said that its members had been “pushed to the brink by unsafe staffing that seriously undermines patient safety” and that they would take the extraordinary step of striking “to protect their patients and themselves.” In September 2016, Nurses at Pottstown Memorial Medical Center in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania voted 189 to 129 to join a PASNAP.The Pottstown local reached their first bargaining agreement in October 2018, after a change of hospital ownership and an unsuccessful effort to decertify the unit. "Wills Eye Workers Vote to Unionize. This differs currently in Pennsylvania and 22 other states where unions and employers are free to negotiate "union security" agreements wherein all members of the collective bargaining group are required to become a member of the union, despite personal beliefs. [17], PASNAP, and unions in general, will be directly affected by National Right to Work laws. ", Glover, Lynne. ", This page was last edited on 17 September 2020, at 11:01. Pennsylvania Nurses Association. It began pressing for an end to mandatory overtime in 2001, and drafted a bill which was introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly banning the practice in acute-care hospitals in 2002. [14][15] In April, PASNAP successfully formed a union amongst staff nurses at Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, who voted in favor (54%-46%). Pilla, "Pennsylvania Nurses Create New Collective Bargaining Unit," Nurses.com, May 31, 2000. "Phila.-Area Nurses Union Affiliating With National Group. We have grown ever since, with other nurses and health professionals around Pennsylvania recognizing and respecting our focus on the rights and needs of bedside caregivers. [16], PASNAP has been very active politically since its inception. ", "The History of Collective Bargaining in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. [22], Legislative and Nursing Practice Activity, The "PASNAP" acronym is also used by the Pennsylvania Association of School Nurses and Practitioners, an independent association of. In 2001, the union's independently-conducted poll of 6,000 registered nurses in the state found that 56 percent of nurses would enter the profession today due to mandatory overtime and poor nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. Nurses at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and Jeanes Hospital have reached agreements on new three-year contracts. “While PASNAP (the Pennsylvania Association of Nurses and Allied Professionals) has planned for a two-day strike, we anticipate that the strike will … ", "Temple Health Nurses Approve 3-Year Contract. We are independent — not a chapter or affiliate of any national body — so our leaders live and work right here. [21], The bill eventually passed the state house and went into effect on July 1, 2009. In the meantime, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children had also voted to form a PASNAP-led union. The union's next foray into organizing was a small one. ", Dobo, Nicole. About a third of PASNAP's members work for the Temple University Health System.. [15] 2016 also saw the successful organization of Eagleville Hospital, primarily a drug rehabilitation hospital in Montgomery County. PASNAP is a union of dedicated nurses and health professionals. The nurses, however, remained restless under the leadership of PSEA. The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, of which I am president, is a rapidly growing, 8,300-member union dedicated to ensuring that nurses have the resources they need to provide care that gets people healthy. [4] Although the executive board of PSEA HealthCare approved the dual affiliation with the AFT, 12 local unions (primarily located in southeastern Pennsylvania) held their own meeting on May 24, 2000, and disaffiliated from PSEA. [5] In April 2010 the union led a month-long strike at Temple University Hospital defeating many hospital demands, including one banning nurses from making public critiques of management policies related to patient care. Nurses At St. Mary Preparing To Strike Tuesday - Levittown, PA - With coronavirus cases on the rise again, the nurses say the Langhorne hospital isn't … "Nurses at CMC Approve Union. The nurses are members of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals. But three years later, the technical and professional workers decertified the union when no contract was signed. We encourage you to browse our website, connect with us on social media, or contact us with any questions. The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) said it made what it is calling “transformative contract proposals” to … The union led a 23-day nurses' strike in the winter of 2003, one of Pennsylvania's longest health care walkouts. ", Allabaugh, Denise. ", "Mercy Fitzgerald, Nurses Ink Labor Pact. Nurses.com. [12] In June 2009 nurses and other healthcare professionals at Fair Acres Geriatric Center voted 125 to 70 in favor of joining PASNAP. [20] In 2004, a second poll of more than 2,500 registered nurses in the southeastern Pennsylvania region found that nearly one in three nurses planned to quit nursing within the next five years due to long working hours. Unions who have been elected the exclusive agent are generally required to represent all employees within the bargaining unit, creating the "free rider" problem. The union’s main sticking point is what they call unsafe staffing levels. The union's more notable collective bargaining achievements include: PASNAP's initial organizing efforts were not successful. ", Brenner, Rochelle. SEIU attempted to organize the service and maintenance employees. The LPNs rejected the union by a mere six votes, leading PASNAP leaders to decry what they saw as "widespread illegal behavior on the part of the employer. Many of the PSEA nurse leaders were receptive to the idea. The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) is a labor union in Pennsylvania that represents about 8,300 nurses and allied health professionals. PASNAP (Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals) PASNAP is an independent, rapidly growing union for nurses and health professionals in Pennsylvania. [10][11] On July 19, 2007, 400 nurses at Community Medical Center in Scranton voted overwhelmingly to join PASNAP. ", Hartman, Brenda. "Pa. Nurses Union to Add to Clout Through Merger. [7], PASNAP did not attempt to organize another collective bargaining unit until 2005. [19], As part of its campaign to end mandatory overtime, the union has repeatedly polled Pennsylvania nurses about their hours, the acuity (level of illness) of their patients, and patient load. The 2,500 nurses at Mercy Fitzgerald, St. Mary’s Medical Center, St. Christopher’s for Children and Albert… The union quickly expanded its organizing program. At a national meeting of unionized nurses sponsored by the California Nurses Association (CNA) in March 2000, CNA staff approached PSEA HealthCare leaders and suggested forming an independent nurses association associated (but not affiliated) with CNA. The contract signed covering over 1,000 RNs after the strike at Temple University Hospital in April 2010 will have experienced staff nurses earn $46.40 per hour. "Nurses Going Back to Work. prevention of harassment and violence against healthcare workers. ", Logue, Timothy. In 2013 Nurses at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital near Pittsburgh, a bargaining unit that had originally decided to stay with PSEA during the split in 2000 and now frustrated with the poor representation and lack of militancy of PSEA, aggressively petitioned to join PASNAP. The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals represents 2,100 employees at eight hospitals in Montgomery and Delaware counties. Organizer at Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals Conshohocken, Pennsylvania 305 connections. In the past five years alone, more than 3,000 nurses in the Philadelphia area have joined PASNAP. ", Carey, Kathleen E. "Prison Nurses Decide They Want to Unionize. Professional Nursing and Student Nurse Organizations Team Up with RIP Medical Debt to Erase Medical Debt During the Pandemic Families continue to struggle during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Allabaugh, "W-B General Hospital RNs Strike Today,", Jackson, "Union Says Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Hospital Swayed Nurses in Unionization Vote,", Carey, "Prison Nurses Decide They Want to Unionize,", George, "Wills Eye Workers Vote to Unionize,", After just six months of bargaining (a very short period of time), the nurses at Jeanes Hospital won a first contract. See "Temple Health Nurses Approve 3-Year Contract,", "Nurses Rally for Bill Easing Mandatory OT,", Brenner, "Pa. Nurses Fed Up With Short Staffing,", George, "Nurses Union Lobbying to End Overtime Rules,", Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Office and Professional Employees International Union, "Pennsylvania Nurses Catch Organizing Fever", "Nurses at Montco hospital vote to join union", "Nurse-to-Patient Ratios Bill Introduced in the Pennsylvania House". PASNAP is also recognized for its aggressive collective bargaining, which has won union members significantly higher wages and improved working conditions. The purpose of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals shall be to protect and advance the interest of its members, to promote safe and quality health care, establish laws that will promote patient safety and better working conditions. In January 2008, PASNAP affiliated with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee. PSEA brought the issue before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Seven bargaining units with about 1,000 members became dual affiliates of AFT and PSEA. Part Three: A Timeline of Important Dates. A subsequent bill to mandate minimum nurse-to-patient ratios (so-called "safe staffing" legislation) was introduced in the Pennsylvania State House on September 26, 2011, advanced substantially by PASNAP. This organization became known as HealthCare PSEA. "Nursing Woes at Temple. The union has been able to get the measure reintroduced in each successive legislative session. However, the majority of PNA's members remained managers (and unable to form a labor union under the National Labor Relations Act) or associate members outside formal collective bargaining units. Union organizing from PASNAP was highly successful throughout 2016. The nurses voted 200 to 30 to join PASNAP with 4 voting for no union. ", Boehm, C. "PASNAP Targets Mandatory Overtime. "Pennsylvania Nurses Create New Collective Bargaining Unit." "The History of Collective Bargaining in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. ", Hoffman, Audrey. In 1994, the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) raided PNA's private-sector and Temple University Health System bargaining units. We believe our work environment is our patients’ care environment and that our patients get the best care when we have a strong voice to advocate for them and for ourselves. [18] These are variously called "fair share agreements" or "forced unionism". Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals. Wage inequities among the nurses and huge disparities between the wages nurses at St. Mary are getting and what nurses at their sister hospital and other nearby hospitals make has led to the hemorrhaging of nurses at St. Mary. ", George, John. As of Friday, all union employees returned to work. Nearly 800 nurses in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, are on strike against St. Mary Medical Centerdue to safety and staffing concerns. "W-B General Hospital RNs Strike Today. "Safe Staffing and Quality Care Act Introduced. The union formed a loose association with SEIU 1199P to organize workers wall-to-wall at hospitals near existing collective bargaining units or which provided enhanced collective bargaining power to existing locals. visit this page to learn more about joining PASNAP. In October 2000, in what was described as a Solomonic decision because it "split the difference," the Pittsburgh region of the NLRB ruled that each local union was free to do as it wished. The next contract signed at Temple will have senior RNs earning $50.13 per hour with all current benefits; retirement, health, and prescription, remaining unchanged. There are two PASNAP’s in Pennsylvania—The PA Association of School Nurses and Practitioners, the state association representing the interests of Pennsylvania’s Certified School Nurses (CSNs) and the PA Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, a labor union that represents nurses and allied health professionals. The strike of nearly 800 nurses is being organized by the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals. In January, PASNAP successfully led unionizing campaigns two major Philadelphia-are hospitals: Delaware County Memorial Hospital (DCMH) and Hahnemann University Hospital, for a total of 1200 organized nurses. [13] Soon afterwards, unrepresented technical and professional employees at the same hospital petitioned to join PASNAP. The voice for nurses & health professionals. "Nurses Overwhelmingly Approve Strike Authorization. Megan Othersen Gorman Communications Specialist at Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) Elkins Park, Pennsylvania 473 connections We win standard-setting contracts that improve work conditions for nurses and health professionals while also improving quality of care for patients. Our advocacy was instrumental in passing Act 102, Pennsylvania's  ban on mandatory overtime for healthcare workers. Eight months after those initial organizing talks and a process marked by fierce anti-union activity at the hospital, nearly 800 nurses at St. Mary have voted to join the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP). In July 2005, the union organized 17 nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants at the Delaware County, Pennsylvania, George W. Hill Correctional Facility. The walkout that began at 7 a.m. Tuesday involves the 700-plus registered nurses at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne and their allies in the … Part Three: A Timeline of Important Dates,". The election was the largest nurses' organizing victory in Pennsylvania since over 700 registered nurses at Altoona Regional Health System joined SEIU two months earlier. The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals went back to work April 30 after spending hours at the negotiating table. Nurses say they are looking for a fair contract, better wages and for their patients' safety. A number of local union leaders within PSEA HealthCare felt the nurses should disaffiliate from PSEA and form an independent union. At the time, the poll was the largest survey of RNs ever conducted in Pennsylvania. Unionized members of PNA became increasingly dissatisfied with the poor representation and low militancy of the nurses association. The union also pushed back on managements demand to cap employee retirement matches at 4.5%, nurses and other healthcare professionals in the system are now eligible for employer retirement matches of 8.5%. PASNAP is a union of dedicated nurses and health professionals. [2] SEIU District 1199P raided PNA in 1997, taking over a large unit of state-employed nurses and health professionals. [8] In March 2006, the union organized a small unit of 40 registered nurses and technicians at Wills Eye Surgical Center in Philadelphia.[9]. The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) is a labor union in Pennsylvania that represents about 6,000 nurses and allied health professionals. Many of the bargaining units which comprise PASNAP were originally organized in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s by the Pennsylvania Nurses Association (PNA). PASNAP has proven to be one of the most militant nurses unions in Pennsylvania, striking or threatening to strike numerous times in its short history as an independent union. ", Fennick, Renita. [3] Never eager to engage in collective bargaining, PNA voluntarily shed its remaining collective bargaining unit (composed of nurses in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education) by holding an election in which the nurses agreed to affiliate with the Office and Professional Employees International Union. In May 2007, 275 registered nurses at Jeanes Hospital (a member of the Temple University Health System) voted to join PASNAP. "Union Says Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Hospital Swayed Nurses in Unionization Vote. In addition, we use our collective strength to advocate for things like safe staffing, universal access to healthcare, and prevention of harassment and violence against healthcare workers. Encouraged by the presence of the new union, the previously non union workers voted 82-27 to join PASNAP. Pilla, Louis. TTN File Photo/Keith Freeman Nurses and supporters demonstrate outside Temple Hospital during the course of the nearly month-long strike. PASNAP members protest a so-called "gag rule" during the union's landmark strike at Temple University Hospital. May 31, 2000. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pennsylvania_Association_of_Staff_Nurses_and_Allied_Professionals&oldid=978863471, State wide trade unions in the United States, Medical and health organizations based in Pennsylvania, Articles lacking reliable references from February 2018, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals. The strike is being organized by the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals. Allabaugh, Denise. [15] The hospital and PASNAP engaged in negotiations which have moved toward an accepted contract that was overwhelmingly ratified. The 12 other bargaining units, with a membership of about 3,500, formed PASNAP. "Hospital Workers Boot Union. You can visit this page to learn more about joining PASNAP. We believe our work environment is our patients’ care environment and that our patients get the best care when we have a strong voice to advocate for them and for ourselves. The union's first organizing campaign was among a unit of 252 licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and two units of other workers (47 business office workers and 140 technical and professional workers), at Wyoming Valley Hospital. We left other unions and organizations to create the union that we wanted. "[6] PASNAP entered into contract negotiations with the hospital. The strike was organized by the hospital's 700-plus registered nurses and their allies in the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, the union they joined last fall … May 12, 1994. We formed our own union, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP), in 2000. The current contract signed at Temple will have senior RNs earning upwards of $57.71 per hour with nurses who have a little as 10 years experience earning $52.45 per hour. ", "FNHP Welcomes Pennsylvania Nurses' Group. ", "Nurses Rally for Bill Easing Mandatory OT.".

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