In the wake of the sale and privatization of a public county hospital, CWA Local 1036 fought to protect workers' representation rights, rather than lose the unit.
That hard work paid off last week when 50 workers won voluntary recognition from Aspen Hills/Ocean Healthcare, which purchased Buttonwood from Burlington County in August.
Employees — both former public-sector members who stuck with the hospital after the sale and new hires — will now be covered by a CWA contract. CWA Local 1036 will represent all licensed practical nurses, activity coordinators, psychiatric aides and maintenance staff.
CWA Local 1036 also collected a significant showing of interest from certified nursing assistants at Aspen Hills, which will trigger an election for 60 to 80 more workers in a couple weeks.