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Michigan Nurses Association Applauds MIOSHA’s PPE Enforcement Program

Lansing, MI – Today, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) announced the launch of a PPE enforcement program that will provide all Michigan healthcare workers with some of the strongest protections in the country.

This launch comes after months of advocacy by the Michigan Nurses Association, including filing MIOSHA charges against Michigan Medicine and Mercy Health Partners – Hackley Hospital after nurses were denied an N-95 respirator or equivalent despite working in situations where they could be directly exposed to COVID-19. … Continue reading

Nurses: Racism is an urgent public health crisis

Statement from Jamie Brown, RN, a critical care nurse who is president of the Michigan Nurses Association

Racism is an urgent, pervasive public health crisis in our country.  It is a longstanding illness that comes from a deep-rooted hate exhibited by our country’s failing systems. … Continue reading

McLaren Central Michigan Nurses to Hold Socially Distant Informational Picket

Nurses are Calling for Improved COVID-19 Protections, Transparency, and Long-Term Solutions 

Mt. Pleasant, MI – Nurses at McLaren Central Michigan Hospital will be holding a socially distant informational picket today. Nurses are advocating for the hospital to provide improved COVID-19 protections and more transparency in the short term, as well as to agree to a fair contract that will allow the hospital to recruit and retain quality RNs in the long term. … Continue reading

Fired Hackley Nurse Files Whistleblower Lawsuit

Union Leader Had Publicly Warned of COVID-19 Safety Issues at Hospital

Muskegon, MI – A local nurse filed a lawsuit Friday alleging that he was fired from Hackley Hospital in retaliation for publicly raising concerns about the safety of frontline health care workers and patients – a violation of the Michigan Whistleblower Protection Act and the Michigan Public Health Code. … Continue reading

Coalition of Labor Groups Calls for McLaren Executives to Reduce Own Salaries Before Laying Off Workers

At least $8.4 million could go to support front line healthcare workers and acquiring PPE

Lansing, MI – A coalition of unions including OPEIU Local 459, Teamsters Local 332, SEIU Healthcare Michigan, OPEIU Local 40, UNITE HERE! Local 688, and the Michigan Nurses Association put out a call today for McLaren Health Care Corporation executives to reduce their own salaries so that no person makes more than a million dollars this year. … Continue reading

Hackley Nurse Fired After Speaking to Media

Union Leader Warned of COVID-19 Safety Issues, Called for Increased Worker Protections

Muskegon, MI – Shortly after doing multiple media interviews raising concerns about the hospital’s preparedness and the safety of RNs and health care professionals, local nurses’ union president Justin Howe, RN, was terminated from his position as a nurse at Mercy Health Partners’ Hackley Hospital. … Continue reading

MNA statement on protest in opposition to stay-at-home order

From Tina Ray, RN, president of the Professional Employee Council of Sparrow Hospital/Michigan Nurses Association

“While everyone has a right to gather and express their opinions, today’s protest sends exactly the opposite message that nurses and healthcare professionals are trying to get across: we are begging people, please stay home. … Continue reading