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DIDHD nurses gain in new three-year contract
Kingsford, MI – The nurses of the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department (DIDHD) have negotiated a new three year contract that will give them a greater voice in their nursing practice, maintain all benefits, and increase wages.
As part of improving communications in order to better the nurses’ ability to provide quality patient care, the nurses established as part of the contract a new Labor/Management Committee. The Committee will meet at designated times throughout the three year agreement to discuss various concerns such as hours, staffing and equipment needs. David Perlove, Labor Relations Representative for the Michigan Nurses Association, indicates the Public Health RNs are particularly determined to ensure excellent succession planning and seamless quality nursing care to both Dickinson and Iron Counties given the anticipation that some will retire during the term of the new agreement. The nurses negotiated a 7% wage increase over the three-year period of the contract as part of the succession plan.
The Michigan Nurses Association is the largest, most effective union for RNs in Michigan. As the voice of all registered nurses in Michigan, MNAadvocates for nurses and their patients at the State Capitol, in the community, and at the bargaining table. MNAis a constituent member of National Nurses United and an affiliate of the AFL-CIO.