Michigan Nurses Association

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

A supermajority of ancillary staff at UPHS Marquette filed paperwork with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on April 26 to have an election to form a union with the Michigan Nurses Association. Should the unionization effort be successful, it would be one of the largest groups of healthcare workers to win a union through the NLRB since the start of the pandemic.   

The following is a press release from the Michigan Nurses Association: 

Lansing MI – In response to the surging cases of COVID-19 and a recent statement by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce calling for reducing protections for frontline workers, Jamie Brown, RN, a critical care nurse at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo and president of the Michigan Nurses Association, provided the following statement:

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


The Michigan Nurses Association on Monday filed three charges with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that UPHS-Marquette has violated federal labor law through its lack of transparency.  

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.