Michigan Nurses Association

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.

ESCANABA, MI--   A picket by registered nurses at OSF St. Francis Hospital is canceled, after a tentative three-year agreement was reached with administration Wednesday night.

The Michigan Nurses Association says the contract includes provisions to recruit and retain experienced nurses. That was a major sticking point for RNs in previous negotiations.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   The union representing registered nurses at Dickinson County Healthcare System is asking for the hospital CEO to resign. 

In a press release Wednesday, the Michigan Nurses Association said CEO John Schon should leave as DCHS heads toward bankruptcy.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The following statement is attributed to Scott Balko, Operating Room RN and President of the UPHS Marquette Staff Council/MNA: 

After more than a year of negotiations, including extensive bargaining that lasted late last night and through early this morning, Marquette nurses and Duke LifePoint executives have agreed in principle on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement.

MARQUETTE, MI--  Members of the RN Staff Council/Michigan Nurses Association voted over the weekend to authorize another strike at UPHS-Marquette. 

Union officials say Duke LifePoint has done little to correct staffing levels since the strike in October.

The Michigan Nurses Association released the following statement on 4/22/18:

"Over the course of a two-day vote, nurses of the UPHS Marquette RN Staff Council/Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Nurses at UPHS-Marquette are considering if they’ll go on another strike. 

The nurses’ union says it will hold a strike authorization vote Friday and Saturday. Union officials say hospital administration has taken no positive action toward addressing staffing deficiencies since a two-day strike held in October.

UPDATE: UPHS-Marquette issued the following statement in response to the NLRB complaint:

We have received a notice of hearing from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in response to unfair labor practice charges filed by the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) against UPHS – Marquette. As we stated last fall when the Union filed these charges, that filing came as no surprise, as unions routinely take such action immediately following a strike.

LANSING, MI--   The state House Health Policy Committee heard testimony Wednesday on bills sponsors say would increase patient safety in Michigan hospitals. 

The Safe Patient Care Act consists of three bills. One establishes limits on the number of patients a nurse can be assigned. Another caps the number of hours a nurse can work consecutively to 12, with exceptions for special circumstances. The third bill would require hospitals to reveal their RN-to-staff ratios.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Registered nurses have returned to work at UPHS-Marquette. 

Hospital doors were open Tuesday morning to the nurses, who went on a 48-hour strike last Thursday through Saturday to protest low staffing levels. The hospital brought in contract nurses to replace the picketing RNs, and when local nurses tried to return to work Saturday morning they found themselves locked out.

Hospital administration says it had to give replacement nurses a five-day contract and claims it told the nurses’ union about the plan.

MARQUETTE, MI--    A California company is recruiting nurses to work at a Michigan hospital should a strike occur the first week of October, but it will not confirm the hospital is UPHS Marquette.

On its web page, HealthSource Global Staffing says it’s looking for Michigan-licensed RNs in all specialties to start work on October 5. That’s the same date the 400 nurses of the UPHS Marquette RN Staff Council said they intended to strike. They say patient welfare is suffering because too few nurses are being overworked.