UPHS Portage Nurses to Rally for Safe Staffing and a Fair Contract

Participants send a clear message to LifePoint executives: invest in the community or leave

Hancock, MI – U.P. Health System nurses and community members will be holding a rally beginning at 4:30pm today at the Portage Canal Lift Bridge to call on LifePoint executives to negotiate a fair contract to recruit and retain nurses. … Continue reading

Over 200 Hospital Techs at UPHS Marquette Win Union Election

Marquette, MI – Techs at U.P. Health System – Marquette voted today to form a union with the Michigan Nurses Association. The techs won their union with 92% voting yes in a 159-13 count.

“By voting to form a union, we have won a voice, and we want to use that voice to advocate for our community,” said Katlyn Lafrinere, a cardiovascular radiologic technologist. … Continue reading

Supermajority of Marquette Ancillary Staff File with National Labor Relations Board to Form a Union

Marquette, MI – A supermajority of ancillary staff at UPHS Marquette filed paperwork with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on April 26 to have an election to form a union with the Michigan Nurses Association. Should the unionization effort be successful, it would be one of the largest groups of healthcare workers to win a union through the NLRB since the start of the pandemic. … Continue reading

Nurses Implore Community to Follow Guidelines, Condemn Corporate Executives for Seeking to Reduce Protections for Frontline Workers

Lansing MI – In response to the surging cases of COVID-19 and a recent statement by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce calling for reducing protections for frontline workers, Jamie Brown, RN, a critical care nurse at Ascension Borgess Hospital in Kalamazoo and president of the Michigan Nurses Association, provided the following statement:

“While Michigan became the focal point of a new outbreak of COVID-19 in the country, Michigan business executives brought forward proposals to remove guarantees of personal protective equipment for nurses and healthcare workers, remove mask mandates in restaurants, encourage in-person work for workers who could work from home, and weaken physical distancing requirements in workplaces. … Continue reading

Nurses applaud Irwin plan to protect health care workers from violence

LANSING – The Michigan Nurses Association today applauded introduction of a bipartisan plan aimed at reducing violence against nurses and other health care workers on the job.

“Everyone is calling our health care workers heroes these days, yet too often they are the victims of violence on the job and not enough is being done to protect them,” said Sen. … Continue reading

Bipartisan plan supports nurses, protects hospital patients

Safe Patient Care Act limits RNs’ assignments, forced overtime

A bipartisan group of state legislators has come together to introduce a plan that would support registered nurses and help make sure everyone in Michigan hospitals gets the best care possible by setting safe limits on the number of patients a nurse can be assigned, curbing forced RN overtime, and requiring hospitals to disclose their staffing information. … Continue reading

Aspirus Keweenaw Nurses Win Historic Union Election

Calumet, MI – Nurses at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital voted yesterday to form a union with the Michigan Nurses Association, an affiliate of National Nurses United. The vote was won by an over 2-1 margin. The results will become official when certified within seven days, barring any further objections from the employer. … Continue reading