Ratification meetings and votes will be held on February 22
Mt. Pleasant, MI – Nurses at McLaren Central reached a tentative agreement for a new three-year contract with the hospital’s administration late this evening. Nurses had previously voted to give their bargaining team the ability to call for a strike if necessary. The tentative agreement protects nurses’ limits to mandatory overtime, improves wages, and expands the ways in which nurses can express concerns around staffing levels at the hospital.
“After many long hours of negotiations, we have reached a fair deal that we hope will help us recruit and retain nurses at our hospital,” said Jessica Harradine, RN, president of the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) local bargaining unit at the hospital. “Now, nurses will have a chance to review the agreement and vote together democratically on whether to ratify it. I plan to vote yes and encourage my coworkers to do the same.”
A ratification vote will be held Wednesday, February 22. Full details of the contract will be made available to the membership prior to the vote. No additional details will be publicly released until after the membership has first had a chance to review and vote on the tentative agreement. The agreement only becomes final if ratified by the membership.
Approximately 100 nurses work at the Mt. Pleasant hospital. Nurses had been working under an expired contract since November.
The Michigan Nurses Association is the largest union and professional association for registered nurses and healthcare professionals in Michigan. MNA is an affiliate of National Nurses United and AFL-CIO.
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Contact: Amelia Dornbush, 517-896-7478