Representative Malinowski Hosts Meeting with Leaders of New Jersey’s Healthcare Worker Unions

January 18, 2021
Press Release

(Somerville, NJ) Representative Malinowski met with leaders of New Jersey’s healthcare worker unions to stay updated on the conditions on the ground in hospitals and community health centers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants included representatives from the New Jersey Nurses Union, the Jersey Nurses Economic Security Organization, and the New Jersey American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.

“As the COVID19 health crisis continues to rage, it is vital for me to hear directly from our community’s health care providers,” said Representative Malinowski. “On the call we discussed the concerns around PPE supply, worker health and safety, and vaccine distribution. I will work hard in Congress to ensure that the next COVID-19 relief package reflects these priorities.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “New Jersey’s nursing home workers have endured unimaginable hardship over the past year, yet have risen above and beyond the call of duty to keep our loved ones cared for in the most difficult of circumstances. As we enter a new year with new leadership in Washington, DC, it is time that our nation provides its healthcare heroes with the resources they need to support their patients, their families, and each other. We look forward to working collaboratively with Rep. Malinowski to fight for adequate PPE, staffing levels, hazard pay, and other essential needs of our healthcare workforce,” said Ivette Mendez, New Jersey Political Director at 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, representing 8,000 nursing home workers across the state and 450,000 healthcare workers nationwide.

“Protecting New Jersey’s healthcare workers and first responders must be a collaborative effort between the state and federal government. Thank you, Congressman Malinowski, for being our voice on the ground in Washington and for recognizing that workers’ safety is public safety,” said Eric Richard, Legislative Affairs Director, New Jersey State AFL-CIO

“On behalf of our 10,000 members in New Jersey, we thank Congressman Malinowski for not just hearing our concerns but taking a genuine interest in their health and safety. Our members have been manning the front lines under extreme threat to their own well being and we appreciate his advocacy,” said Sue Cleary, President, District 1199J, National Union of Hospital & Health Care Employees.