When nurses’ contract expires, Michigan Medicine demands 101 concessions and refuses to grant increments

The contract for 6,200 Michigan Medicine nurses expired at midnight Thursday without addressing the staffing crisis that has created intolerable working conditions and an unsafe health care environment for patients at the state’s fifth-largest hospital. Michigan.

Michigan medical nurses unload patient [Photo by Michigan Medicine]

No new agreement has been announced and the union has strongly opposed the nurses’ strike, saying it would be illegal.

On Friday afternoon, the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) and its local affiliate, the University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (UMPNC), released a bargaining update stating that the union “hoped to bring you better news.” , but that Michigan Medicine was demanding 101 concessions from nurses in the new contract.

The union’s update further explained that hospital management was refusing to give the nurses their step pay increases due in July and were “instead maintaining the salaries we deserve”. Since Michigan law prohibits back pay for public sector employees, the MNA-UMPNC says management is holding pay increases over the heads of nurses “as a bargaining chip in the hopes that we will make concessions”.

As Michigan Medicine continues its provocations against nurses, the union is seeking to block any mass action to fight back. Prior to the expiration of the contract, the MNA-UMPCNC scheduled negotiations update meetings for Friday evening and announced briefings on July 16, one day after and more than two weeks after the expiration of the contract, respectively.

In the union’s announcement that nurses and supporters will picket around Michigan Medicine Hospital facilities in Ann Arbor on July 16, it says, “Now is the time to stand together and show the University of Michigan that we are ready to fight. He adds that “Nurses from MNA-UMPNC will be speaking to raise awareness about what is happening at our hospital and the actions of University of Michigan leaders.”

However, based on everything that has happened so far, it is clear that the real objective of the union leadership is to put in place a tentative agreement to sell off and have it ratified by the members before the July 16, so that no picketing ever takes place.

The MNA-UMPNC’s strategy has always been to make unnecessary appeals to the University of Michigan Board of Regents, especially to its Democratic Party friends on the board, and to block any mobilization of nurse force in coordination. along with the rest of the hospital staff and other nurses in the state, all of whom face the same issues.

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