University of Michigan nurses ratify new three-year contract with Michigan Medicine

Posted at 7:11 AM, Oct 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-11 07:11:00-04

The University of Michigan Professional Nurses Council announced the ratification of a new three=year contract with Michigan Medicine.

The council represents more than 5,700 registered nurses.

“Our members are extremely proud of the contract that we achieved through collective action,” said Katie Oppenheim, RN and chair of UMPNC. “Because we stuck together, we won staffing language with enforceable commitments and procedures. Nurses will have an effective means of ensuring that staffing decisions are always based on patient care.”

In addition to enforceable, transparent safe staffing language, the new contract ensures that nurses will be able to select their own representatives to workplace committees.

“The new contract achieved significant improvements for nurses and patients without sacrificing any of the benefits that make Michigan Medicine a great place to work,” said John Karebian, Executive Director of the Michigan Nurses Association.

“Through collective action, members were able to convince management that attracting and retaining skilled RNs by ensuring an outstanding wage and benefits package is in the best interest of patients and the hospital. We are optimistic that this agreement will usher in a new era of collaboration and goodwill between nurses and administrators.”