MNA fights for safe staffing at the Capitol
This week, a bipartisan group of state legislators will re-introduce MNA’s Safe Patient Care Act, which would establish safe RN-to-patient ratios and limit forced overtime. MNA is the only organization in the state advocating for a safe staffing law. There are many ways -- including attending the Spring Leadership Action Conference, participating in the Advocacy Academy, and emailing your elected officials -- you can get involved in pushing our legislators in Lansing to enact protections that nurses and our patients need. Now that the pandemic has shone a spotlight on the importance of RNs, it is the time to raise our voices loudly.
You can help by sending an email to your legislator today.
Two more healthcare facilities win unions with MNA
Let’s welcome MNA’s newest members at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and the Public Division of the Chippewa County Health Department. Nurses and healthcare professionals at both facilities united with their colleagues to form a union with the Michigan Nurses Association by an overwhelming majority. In fact, at Chippewa County Health Department, the vote was unanimous! Nurses at Aspirus Keweenaw had to face down harsh anti-union tactics. Rather than give into the coercive tactics of management who withheld COVID-19 incentive pay, nurses stayed MNA strong. First, they voted for their union by an over 2-1 margin. Then, they confronted the Aspirus administration on their actions and won over $7000 in backpay.
Advocating for racial justice in health care
Michigan Nurses of Color! We want to help amplify your voices in health care. Below is the link to a survey where you can share your experience as a nurse of color in Michigan. The survey will be open through March 31.