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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

Federal agency issues complaint against Beaumont

NLRB acts on charges of anti-union activities against Royal Oak campus RNs

ROYAL OAK – An unfair labor practice complaint has been issued by the National Labor Relations Board, alleging that Beaumont Hospital discriminated against nurses because of their union activities and interfered, coerced and restrained them in those efforts. … Continue reading

Borgess Nurses Picket for Safe Staffing

(Kalamazoo, MI) Over 100 nurses held a rally and informational picket today at Borgess Hospital to call for a fair contract that guarantees safe staffing and puts patients before profit.

“We are picketing because we know that safe staffing saves lives,” said Jamie Brown, President of the Michigan Nurses Association and registered nurse at Borgess Hospital. … Continue reading