RNs - Michigan

McLaren nurses OK pact

Shantell M. Kirkendoll, Flint Journal, March 3, 2005

McLaren Regional Medical Center nurses overwhelmingly approved a four-year contract providing 3-4 percent annual pay raises and tighter restrictions on patient loads.

In some units of the hospital, such as the intensive care unit, the nurse-to-patient ratio is 1:1.

Bonnie Donaldson, chief steward of the nurses union, confirmed Wednesday that the contract passed during voting Tuesday night at the hospital's Ballenger Auditorium.

The contract applies to about 700 nurses. In 2000, McLaren nurses went on strike for two months over wage and overtime issues.

Also part of the current contract is seniority pay for nurses who have stayed with the hospital for seven years or longer. The annual bonus of $3,500 will help retain the hospital's most seasoned nurses, Donaldson said.

Welcome to the MNA-UAW HealthCare Workplace Alliance

The Alliance brings together two of Michigan's most effective and experienced unions: The Michigan Nurses Association and the UAW.

Our two organizations have joined together so that health care workers in Michigan can have one strong voice. Together, we will advocate for our patients, and for improved living and working standards for Michigan healthcare workers. ... Welcome

UAW, nurses group team to help workers

Kim Norris, Detroit Free Press, January 24, 2005

The Michigan Nurses Association and UAW are combining forces in an effort to organize more health care workers and advocate for quality health care.

The two organizations are expected to announce their partnership - called the MNA-UAW HealthCare Workplace Alliance - at a news conference at 2 PM today at the Walter P. Reuther Library in Detroit.

The intent of the alliance is to avoid vying for the same workers and, hopefully, increase membership for the MNA and UAW. ... UAW, nurses

Michigan Nurses Continue Fight after Strike’s End

Labor Notes, November 2004

After striking for more than a month, 500 nurses in Mount Clemens, Michigan won a contract on September 13 which guaranteed that their key demand - better staffing ratios - would be met by the hiring of 100 additional nurses. Now the nurses say that management at Mount Clemens General Hospital is refusing to honor the agreement.

The nurses, members of Local 40 of the Office and Professional Employees International Union, claim that management has not begun scheduling the hours for the new hires, although the contract was approved more than a month ago. ... Michigan

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