RNs - Michigan

'Soup kitchen' makes a statement to Governor Snyder

Scott Davis, Lansing State Journal, July 14, 2011 George Gray sells his blood every week so he can afford a bus pass or buy shaving cream. Unemployed and homeless for two years, the 57-year-old also is no stranger to soup kitchens. So, when the Michigan Nurses Association opened a temporary "soup kitchen" Wednesday on the Capitol lawn in downtown Lansing, Gray was happy to accept a chicken salad sandwich and chocolate cookie and sit down for a satisfying meal. ... Soup

Michigan’s ‘No Soup for You’ Kitchen Shows Price of Budget Cuts

Miya Williamson, Labor Notes, July 13, 2011 A sunny day on Lansing’s Capitol lawn brought the Michigan Nurses Association out today to hold a soup kitchen serving people left in need by the state’s drastic budget cuts. Governor Rick Snyder’s budget, passed in June, cut $1.5 billion while offering another $1 billion in corporate tax giveaways. The plan cut $100 million from local community services and chopped the Healthy Michigan program, which funded preventive care. The nurses said they came to the Capitol to highlight conditions for their patients, which have become so dire that some choose between life-saving medications and a daily meal. ... Michigan

Nurses Protesting At State Capitol - video

WLNS TV 6, July 13, 2011 Lansing - Nurses upset over cuts in next year's state budget set up a soup kitchen at the State Capitol. Members of the Michigan Nurses Association say they'll be serving chicken noodle soup and sandwiches to show lawmakers how bad life has become for some in Michigan. Nurses, along with teachers, firemen and representatives from local shelters, also plan to talk about how budget cuts are effecting them. The no soup for you rally is being held in front of the Capitol. ... Nurses

University of Michigan nurses union files unfair labor practice complaint over unit's switch of work hours

Juliana Keeping, AnnArbor.com, June 30, 2011 The organization negotiating a new contract on behalf of the University of Michigan Health System's nurses has filed an unfair labor practice claim against the university. The Michigan Nurses Association said this morning that it filed the charge on June 21 with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission on behalf of some nurses working in the vascular access services team, which specializes in infusion therapy and IV placement. The 40-member vascular access services team in April were told their work hours would change without UMHS first negotiating with the MNA ... University

Nurses file unfair-labor-practice complaint against University of Michigan Health System during contract talks

Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business, June 30, 2011 The Michigan Nurses Association has filed an unfair-labor-practice complaint with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission against the University of Michigan Health System. The labor complaint, filed on behalf of some nurses who conduct infusion therapy, was filed 10 days before the current three-year contract with about 4,000 nurses at UM expires today. Contract negotiations have been under way since April, said Tony Denton, COO of the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers. ... Nurses

Nurses extend contract negotiations with University of Michigan Health System

Juliana Keeping, AnnArbor.com, June 29, 2011 The University of Michigan Health System's 4,000-member nurses union will go to work Friday without a new contract, though talks will continue through that day. Key differences remain to signing a new deal to replace the contract that expires Thursday, officials said. They include health insurance, retirement, overtime and paid time off usage, according to the Michigan Nurses Association, the collective bargaining representative for U-M's nurses. The University of Michigan Health System and the 4,000-member nurses union will extend contract talks past the Thursday deadline, the groups said Wednesday. ... Nurses

U-M Health System statement on nurse negotiation

Tony Denton, University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, June 29, 2011 Ann Arbor - The parties in the nurse negotiations have agreed to negotiate beyond the expiration date to reach an agreement. Additional information provided by UMHS to the media on June 29 is included below, after the statement. Contract negotiations have been under way since April, and continue this week, between the University of Michigan Health System and the U-M Professional Nurse Council of the Michigan Nurses Association, the union representing nurses who provide care to patients at U-M Hospitals and Health Centers. More than 4,000 U-M nurses are covered by the current agreement. ... U-M

Marquette Labor Council First in State to Back Main Street Contract

Michigan Nurses Association, June 17, 2011 Marquette, MI  – Last night, the Marquette County Labor Council, a chapter of the Michigan State AFL-CIO, unanimously joined with over 170,000 registered nurses across the nation in support of the Main Street Contract. The Contract, a campaign originating with the National Nurses United (NNU), has seven key provisions ... Marquette

Nurses accept hospital's proposal

Escanaba Daily Press, April 9, 2011 Escanaba - Registered nurses at OSF Saint Francis Hospital, represented by the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA), ratified a group of economic proposals Friday, which will be incorporated into the existing three-year labor agreement. The expiration of the agreement was extended by one year, from May 31, 2012, until May 31, 2013. MNA President Sara Kofsky said the nurses are ready to move forward. ... Nurses

Nurses file charge against OSF

Hospital accused of unfair labor practice. Escanaba Daily Press, November 20, 2010 Escanaba - Registered nurses at OSF Saint Francis Hospital in Escanaba have filed an unfair labor practice charge, according to a press release issued Friday by the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA). The MNA represents the local nurses union, which has been negotiating a new contract with hospital administrators for several months. RNs have been on a wage freeze since May 1, 2009, and agreed to a postponed general wage increase until December 1, 2011. The hospital offered registered nurses a final contract offer June 29. The proposal was rejected by the union. ... Nurses

Tentative deal reached for Sparrow, nurses

Contract will include increase in nursing staff levels, wages. Melissa Domsic, Lansing State Journal, November 19, 2010 A planned strike was called off after Sparrow Hospital and the union representing 2,100 nurses and other professionals reached a tentative contract agreement. The news came late Thursday evening following a meeting between hospital and union officials. Sparrow had given the union a deadline of 7 PM Thursday to accept its latest contract offer or rescind its strike authorization and go back to the negotiating table. If not, union members would be locked out Monday morning. Sparrow and the union issued a news release after 9 PM ... Tentative

Nurse union files unfair labor practice charge

Sandra Yin, FierceHealthcare, November 19, 2010 The Michigan Nurses Association filed an unfair labor practice charge alleging that OSF Saint Francis Hospital in Escanaba, Michigan, refused to bargain in good faith with its nurses. A major sticking point is a nurse sick-leave proposal that went into effect without any signoff by nurses at the bargaining table. The 110-bed hospital wanted to cut 70 percent of the nurses' sick leave bank. Under the new plan, nurses must use 16 hours of their paid time off before dipping into the shrunken sick leave bank. Other parts of the charge filed with the National Labor Relations Board claim the hospital threatened ... Nurse

OSF nurses file unfair labor practice charge

The hospital says the charges are unfounded. UpperMichigansSource.com, November 18, 2010 Escabana - The Michigan Nurses Association has filed an unfair labor practice charge against OSF Saint Francis Hospital in Escanaba. The nurses claim the hospital has refused to bargain in good faith. Specifically, the nurses claim they were threatened with economic punishment if they didn't approve a new contract by last July. The nurses are also upset over a new sick leave policy that was implemented without their approval. Hospital spokesperson Lanna Scannell told Upper Michigan's Source they believe the charges are unfounded, and they're confident the National Labor Relations Board will agree.

Sparrow, Nurses To Negotiate Monday

Reports of negotiations on Friday were news to the nurses union, which filed a 10-day notice of intent to strike Thursday. If no deal is reached, Sparrow nurses will walk off the job November 22 at 7 AM for two days. Jason Colthorp, WILX-TV, November 12, 2010 Thursday night the two sides seemed miles apart. Nurses were accusing the hospital of coercing the rank and file to sign on to a new deal. The hospital was accusing the nurses national union of using the local workers as pawns in a grand strike scheme. ... Sparrow

Nurses, health care professionals issue 10-day strike notice to Sparrow Hospital

Michigan Nurses Association, November 11, 2010 Lansing – Nurses and the professional health care employees of Sparrow Hospital (PECSH) have issued a 10-day strike notice as the parties were unable to reach an agreement. The strike notice is being served as a result of Sparrow management’s refusal to move off their concessionary proposals. An Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge against Sparrow Hospital has already been filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) by the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA), the collective bargaining representative for PECSH. “This contract negotiation is about greed,” said John Karebian, MNA Executive Director. ... Nurses

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