JNESO names Probst 'Public Servant of the Year'

BETHLEHEM, April 19 – JNESO District Council 1 IUOE-AFL-CIO, the professional health care union, recognized state Rep. Tarah Probst during its Education Day Event at Wind Creek Bethlehem Resort.

Each year, JNESO members select a “Public Servant of the Year” and awards $1,000 scholarships to eligible JNESO members and their families to help continue their education. JNESO represents 5,000 nurses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, including over 300 nurses at Lehigh Valley Pocono Hospital.

JNESO said the support of local lawmakers is critical to ensuring that issues and concerns of nurses and other health care professionals are taken into consideration when legislation is being created in the state.

JNESO selected Probst as the “2024 Public Servant of the Year.”

“Rep. Probst has always been a strong advocate for labor unions and showed her support for LVH-P and other nurses many times over the years, both as a mayor and now as a state representative. She attended many of our safe staffing events and our rally for safe staffing last May,” said Bob Williams, president of the JNESO Local at Lehigh Valley Pocono Hospital and a member of the JNESO board of directors. “We continue to support her and are extremely proud to be able to recognize and honor her as our 2024 Public Servant of the Year.”

“I am so honored to be the recipient of this award,” said Probst, D-Monroe/Pike. “I have, and always will, stand by our nurses and safe staffing. This is critical to the care of our loved ones and the ability to stand with nurses, so that they can do the job they love.”

Probst was elected mayor of Stroudsburg in a special election in 2015, won in 2017 and 2021. She won the state House seat in 2022. Throughout her career, she has prioritized the needs of workers from unions to small businesses in her region.