Michigan NURSES WinBIG in Victories Across the State
Welcome to our inaugural issue of the e-edition of the Michigan Nurse! We look forward to sharing news, and highlighting stories and important events from MNA Nurses across the state.
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NursesRatify Historic First Contract at Munson Medical Center
At a time when unions are increasingly under attack, Michigan nurses are leading the way in fighting back. Nurses at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City ratified their historic first contract on March 23. RNs won language providing a structure for safe staffing levels, limits to forced overtime, and a 13% raise over the course of the three-year contract. Munson Medical Center nurses are the largest group of newly organized workers in Michigan to win a union since the state went “Right-to-Work” in 2013.
In October 2018, the U.S. National Labor Relations Board issued a lengthy complaint alleging multiple violations of U.S. labor law by Huron Valley. To settle some of the complaint, the hospital has agreed to share important information with nurses about nurse safety concerns, and to respect the workplace rights of nurses who are advocating for patient safety and fair working conditions.
This is yet another example of Michigan RNs successfully standing up to large health care corporations to make sure that patients always come before profits.
DEADLINE APPROACHING! Sign up for Capitol Action Day
MNA members from around the state will gather in Lansing on Wednesday, May 1, for MNA’s Nurses Capitol Action Day.
Sign up today to sharpen your legislative advocacy skills, hear from lawmakers, and speak up for the Safe Patient Care Act.
Michigan Nurses Build Skills, Strong Bonds at Annual MNALC
Over 70 nurses from across Michigan met to share strategies and ideas during the MNA Leadership Conference (MNALC). Held March 18 and 19 in Frankenmuth, MI, nurses worked collaboratively to find ways of engaging members, co-workers, communities and elected officials to help address workplace issues that can affect patients and families. Using expanded methods of communication, research, timelines and ideas for mentoring new leaders resulted in positive energy for the group to use in strengthening their LBUs. Nurses will use this invaluable training to create more robust contract campaigns. With laughter, stories and questions, the nurses enjoyed a time of solidarity and sharing.
Important upcoming annual deadlines:
LBU Certification of Election reports
Contact Carol Feuss if you did not receive the report form for your LBU. An electronic version of the form is available in MemberLink on the Leadership tab