HPAE endorses Payne for Congress
NJ’s largest union representing nurses and healthcare professionals backs Democratic congressman
NEWARK, NJ – Another of New Jersey’s most influential unions is backing U.S. Representative Donald M. Payne, Jr., (D-Newark), the Health Professionals and Allied Employees Union (HPAE) lending its support to the democrat. Representing more than 13,000 New Jersey registered nurses and healthcare professionals working in hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, blood banks and academic research centers, HPAE is a major force in the state politics and another big endorsement for Congressman Payne in the upcoming Democratic primary. .
“Congressman Payne is one of our state’s strongest advocates for affordable access to health care and for ensuring that health care is seen as a right, not a privilege, which supports the mission of HPAE to improve patient care, professional practices and working conditions in healthcare facilities,” said HPAE President Debbie White. “As a former union member himself, Congressman Payne knows how important it is for our leaders in Washington to support organized labor and we can count on him to continue to be a vital ally.”
Since winning a congressional seat in 2012, Congressman Payne has made health and labor issues two of his top priorities. He helped fend off multiple attempts by Congressional Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and sponsored legislation to expand it and provide better access to care, cheaper prescription drugs and more investment in public health infrastructure. Congressman Payne is also a champion of organized labor, supporting key legislation like the PRO Act to help unions grow their membership and defend their members.
“As someone who knows firsthand the critical importance of quality health care, it is humbling to win the support of a union whose members come to work every day and are committed to providing the best care. possible,” said Congressman Payne. “As New Jerseyans we know what it means to be Jersey Strong and no one has shown it to us more than our healthcare heroes over the past few years. I am honored to have the support of HPAE, and I look forward to continuing to improve our healthcare system and our rights to unionize alongside them.
Congressman Payne was recently endorsed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Family Planning Action Fund, New Jersey Education Associationthe Communications Workers of America NJ, North American Workers’ International Eastern Regionthe New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association and AFSCME NJ. He also recently announced the support of US Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker as well as Governor Phil MurphyNewark Mayor Ras Baraka and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop.
About Congressman Payne:
A lifelong Newark resident, Congressman Donald Payne, Jr., is a champion of working families, Democratic values, and fights to provide more opportunities for people in black and brown communities. He is a devoted husband and father and a former union member with a blue-collar background who has immense respect for the dignity of labor and the value of organized labor. A five-term congressman, he was first elected in 2012 to succeed his late father, legendary Representative Donald Payne, Sr., who was the first black congressman in state history. . Congressman Payne is chairman of the Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee on the powerful House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over major infrastructure initiatives, including the Gateway Project, which are essential to New Jersey’s economy. Congressman Payne co-authored the House version of President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act and supported key progressive legislation like the Build Back Better plan, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, the Equality Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and more.
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