Critical Update

During the pandemic, we were mired in the urgency of the present – in alarm bells, in overflowing censuses, and in the moment-by-moment sacrifice required of all frontline caregivers. It was only in 2023 – the year this issue celebrates – that that began to change, and we can see it in PASNAP’s incredible streak of 2023 organizing: Nurses and allied professionals could once again begin to look forward.

In a year that saw Union interest skyrocket, PASNAP new organizing was on fire. In June, nearly 500 Fox Chase Cancer Center nurses and allied professionals withstood serious scare tactics to vote overwhelmingly to unionize with us. In December, their Temple Health System colleagues at Chestnut Hill Hospital (212 RNs and 78 techs) and 92 research nurses, program coordinators, and data specialists at the Office for Cancer Research at Fox Chase all voted to unionize with PASNAP. And on February 1st, 128 technical specialists at Jeanes Hospital – another Temple Health facility – voted to join their colleagues in Jeanes Nurses United and unionize with PASNAP! 

What they want is what we all want: a voice on the job to advocate for our patients, for safer staffing, for appropriate use of on-call, and for better wages and benefits to recruit and retain staff. In addition, they want to shape not just their own futures; they want to shape the future of healthcare.

Learn how PASNAP is working to shape the future of healthcare in every corner of Pennsylvania, one facility at a time, in the February 2024 issue of CRITICAL UPDATE. Click on the cover image below to see a downloadable PDF. #pasnapproud

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