contract ratified

ESCANABA, MI--   Nurses at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba have ratified a three-year contract. 

The Michigan Nurses Association says under the new agreement all nurses secured raises to bring up low salaries to be competitive with other area hospitals. Registered nurses had said recruiting and retaining RNs was a priority during contract negotiations.

More than 130 nurses have been working without a contract since May 1. Officials say an overwhelming majority of nurses voted for the agreement.

The newly ratified contract takes effect immediately.

CCI contract ratified

Oct 15, 2018

MARQUETTE, MI--   Workers represented by the United Steelworkers Union at Cleveland Cliffs mines in Michigan and Minnesota have ratified a new contract. 

The four-year agreement is retroactive to October 1 and is effective through September 30, 2022.

It covers about 1,800 employees at the Tilden and Empire mines in Michigan and the United Taconite and Hibbing Taconite mines in Minnesota.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The following is a press release from the Michigan Nurses Association:  

A strong majority of registered nurses at UP Health System in Marquette, represented by the Michigan Nurses Association, voted to accept a new collective bargaining agreement with Duke LifePoint.

The new contract contains many improvements for nurses and patients, including language to ensure that nurses have a stronger voice in staffing decisions and an attractive economic package.

CLEVELAND, OH--   Cliffs Natural Resources says its employees represented by the United Steelworkers Union at the Empire and Tilden mines have ratified a new labor contract.

The contract includes workers at the Hibbing Taconite and United Taconite mines in Minnesota. 

The three-year deal is effective retroactive to October 1, 2015 and lasts through September 30, 2018.  It covers about 2,000 USW-represented employees at Cliffs operations.  

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette Area Public Schools teachers are finally working under a new contract.

In a special meeting Monday night the MAPS Board of Education voted 5-2 to ratify the agreement, which covers the three-year period from 2013 to 2016.  

Superintendent Bill Saunders says the contract includes a step and a 1% pay increase in the 14/15 school year and a step and a .75% pay raise in 15/16.  He says teachers could get another .5% raise, depending on enrollment and the state’s allocation.