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Contract talks continue for Borgess nurses

WWMT, April 7, 2010 Kalamazoo - Negotiators are still trying to work out a new contract for nurses at Borgess Medical Center. Borgess and the Nurses Association started those talks Tuesday. They are trying to hammer out a deal, but so far they can't agree. The big sticking point is the nurse-to-patient ratio. The nurses want fewer patients per nurse. They say it's important for patient safety. The hospital says a set ratio isn't necessary. “I want safe patient care. That's what I stand for, for the union, it's my whole goal to make sure we provide patients here at hospital with safe care,” said nurse Sabrina Luke. Some nurses claim the union is pushing them toward a strike or lock-out. The union denies that, saying it wants an agreement.

1,000 nurses, students rally at Michigan Capitol

Demonstrators back proposal to cut nurse-to-patient ratios. Barbara Wieland, Lansing State Journal, March 25, 2010 About 1,000 nurses and nursing students took their case for a proposed law that would cut nurse-to-patient ratios at hospitals to the state Capitol on Wednesday. They marched from the Lansing Center on Michigan Avenue to the Capitol in a rally for House Bill 4008, known as the Safe Patient Care Act. The bill, which has been languishing in the House, would establish minimum nurse-to-patient ratios and end the use of mandated overtime, is backed by the Michigan Nurses Association ... 1,000

Borgess nurses file unfair labor practices allegations as their contract is about to expire

Chris Killian, Kalamazoo Gazette, March 18, 2010 Kalamazoo – The state’s largest nurses union has filed an unfair labor practice charge against Borgess Medical Center, citing 13 grievances that include claims hospital management failed to negotiate in good faith and used intimidation during the collective bargaining process with nurses. Borgess, citing ongoing contract negotiations, declined to comment on the allegations. The Michigan Nurses Association, which filed the charge with the National Labor Relations Board’s regional office in Detroit on Tuesday, asserted Borgess ... Borgess

ULP filed against Oakland County Public Health Department for Refusal to Bargain

Michigan Nurses Association, December 23, 2009 Oakland County – The Michigan Nurses Association (MNA), representing the registered nurses at the Oakland County Public Health Department since 1985, has filed an Unfair Labor Practice with the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) against the employer. The ULP charges that the Department has engaged in “surface bargaining” by continuously failing to consider MNA’s numerous proposed alternatives. ... ULP

West Shore Medical Center RNs gain new contract

Michigan Nurses Association, November 20, 2009 Manistee – The Registered Nurses at West Shore Medical Center (WSMC) in Manistee, represented by the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) have negotiated a new three-year contract. The contract represents the interests of approximately 70 registered nurses. The RNs will see a 2% increase in wages for each year of the term of the contract with no change in health insurance premiums or benefits. Vacation and sick leave time will be transitioned over the next two years into a Paid Time Off (PTO) system, with completion scheduled for 2011. Improvements were made to holiday scheduling and several minor adjustments were made to the hospital’s internal structure. ... West

NLRB approves nurses’ union

Michigan Nurses Association, November 12, 2009 Muskegon – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a certificate approving the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) as the exclusive bargaining representative for the Registered Nurses at Mercy VNS & Hospice (formerly Hackley Visiting Nurse Services & Hospice, Inc.), ending a four-month stand-off with the hospital. “It is ridiculous that this much time and money has spent fighting a decision that both the nurses and the NLRB have approved,” stated John Karebian, MNA Executive Director. ... NLRB

Michigan Nurses Association appoints new executive director

Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business, October 2, 2009 The Michigan Nurses Association has appointed John Karebian as its executive director four months after the 10,000-member Okemos-based association withdrew from the American Nurses Association. “It was pretty apparent that the ANA focus was more on management side of nursing,” said Ann Kettering Sincox, chief spokeswoman for the MNA. “They said at their annual meeting they are not interested in labor. We are so heavily represented in labor that we decided to withdraw.” Michigan’s largest nursing group also named Tom Bissonnette as associate executive director of nursing practice. ... Michigan

Nurses dispute wage numbers

Mark Ranzemberger, Morning Sun, September 27, 2009 Some unionized nurses at Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mt. Pleasant are disputing wage numbers recently released by the hospital, but the hospital is standing by its numbers. Members of the Central Michigan Community Hospital Registered Nurses Association have been working without a contract since February, and the union, affiliated with the Michigan Nurses Association, has been increasing the pressure on the hospital to get a new contract. The two sides recently have been engaged in a low-key publicity battle, each trying to explain its position in the slow-going talks. The nurses and the hospital last talked in August ... Nurses

Genesys Nurses Vigil - Video

Nicole Serling, ConnectMidMichigan.com, June 19, 2009 Nurses gathered Thursday for a vigil in honor of LPNs about to be laid off. We introduced you to this issue earlier this month as nurses protested the lay-offs at Genesys. Genesys plans to layoff 60 percent of its LPNs on July 12th. The nurse's union says they will be replaced with nurses aides - a position that requires less training.

Genesys nurses hold candlelight vigil

Flint Journal, June 18, 2009 Grand Blanc Township - Not even a hot and sunny sky kept the battery-lit candles from glowing at the Genesys nurses candlelight vigil Thursday afternoon. An estimated 150-200 showed up at Trillium Cinema for the prayer vigil and candlewalk along Holly Road to Genesys Regional Medical Center, to bring attention to the plight of licensed practical nurses and others slated to lose their jobs in July. ... Genesys

Nurses rally to support health care legislation

Scott Davis, Lansing State Journal, March 20, 2009 When you see an army of nurses, take note. That was the expectation Thursday in Lansing as more than 700 Michigan nurses traded stethoscopes for signs and marched to the state Capitol to push for better health care. Nurses were supporting a proposed state bill that would set minimum nurse staffing levels in hospitals, depending on the acuity of care needed. "Hospitals use other systems to determine their staffing, which is not based on acuity," said Shawn Shuler, a registered nurse who works at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. ... Nurses

Nurses Rally for Health Care Reform

Stacia Mullaney, WLAJ, March 19, 2009 Nurses marched onto the Capitol steps on Thursday to demand a healthcare reform. They say their hospitals are understaffed and the nurses are overworked. About 800 registered nurses and nursing students made their voices heard on Thursday, as they pushed for the passage of the Safe Patient Care Bill, now in the Legislature. "Ratios in our hospital are not meeting our ability to meet the patients needs. We have patients that never get a nurse at their bedside," said Renee Curtis, registered nurse. Curtis and fellow nurse, John Armelagos, agree that understaffed hospitals have nothing to do with a shortage of nurses. ... Nurses

MNA withdraws from ANA

Michigan Nurses Association, June 27, 2008

Okemos, Michigan - In order to pursue the most effective course of action for its members, the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) announced today that it is withdrawing immediately as a constituent member of the American Nurses Association (ANA). The decision was announced at the ANA House of Delegates in Washington DC. MNA had been a constituent member association of ANA since 1905 and was the third largest affiliate of the ANA.

Genesys Nurses Agree On New Contract

905 Vote Yes; Only 3 Voted No. WNEM, June 25, 2008 Grand Blanc - The tentative agreement between Genesys Regional Medical Center and the registered nurses was ratified Tuesday night. The four-year deal, which includes wage increases and nurse-to-patient ratios in previous contracts, passed on a nearly unanimous vote 905 to 3. The newly ratified agreement represents approximately 1,200 registered nurses. "We once again want to express our appreciation to both bargaining teams for working diligently to reach this mutually beneficial agreement," said Tammy Saunaitis, system vice president of human resources at Genesys. The nurses' original contract expired in early May, but was extended several times until negotiators agreed on the new deal last week. Copyright 2008 by WNEM.COM.

It's a landslide: Genesys nurses OK new pact

Dana DeFever, Flint Journal, June 24, 2008 Grand Blanc Township - Genesys Regional Medical Center nurses are returning to work today with a new contract. Nurses approved the new four-year contract, which includes wage increases and nurse-to-patient ratios in previous contracts, by an overwhelming margin - 905 to 3. "I'm elated," Susan Hagerman, a nurse in acute care, said after votes were tallied. "We have all worked so hard. It was a long, hard fight. Right now I can't find the words." Genesys officials also celebrated the contract ratification. ... It's

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