Coalition advocates for planned public process rather than rushed merger

Calls for any process to move forward through legislation—not executive reorganization

Newark, N.J. — “We commend Senate and Assembly Higher Education committee members for initiating a process to plan any prospective merger publicly rather than behind closed doors,” said Health Professionals and Allied Employees (HPAE) President Ann Twomey in a crowded public hearing discussing the Governor’s plan Tuesday. Unionized doctors, nurses, professors and staff members from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and Rutgers joined the call for a transparent process that puts community medical needs and education first, is fiscally responsible statewide and helps build on the existing strengths of Newark and Camden.


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