A union representing 6,200 nurses at the University of Michigan has reached a new contractual agreement with the university, the group announced on Wednesday.
“During our months of solidarity and collective action, nurses have stood firm to reach an agreement that addresses our members’ priorities of protecting patients and investing in nurses so that we can provide the best care. possible,” said Renee Curtis, a registered nurse and union president.
The new contract includes improved mechanisms for balancing workloads, competitive wages and a provision to end mandatory overtime, according to the release. The proposed contract must be reviewed and voted on by union members and will become final if ratified.
“Our negotiating team of elected nurses is unanimous in believing that this agreement is a victory for everyone who cares about nurses and the quality of care at the University of Michigan,” Curtis said.
In a statement Thursday, UM officials said, “University of Michigan health officials are pleased to announce that an agreement in principle has been reached with … a valued and crucial partner in the care the high quality and safe care we provide.The tremendous work put into this agreement will result in continued support for our patients and ensures that they have uninterrupted access to the highest quality, state-of-the-art healthcare available at the hospital. University of Michigan Health.
The Michigan Nurses Association and its University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council represent about 6,200 nurses who have been working without a contract since their previous contract expired on June 30. Negotiations began on March 15. throughout the process.
The new contract comes after the nurses’ union filed a lawsuit against the university in August, alleging that he refused to negotiate nurses’ workloads. The union claimed that nurse-to-patient ratios in the hospital system were inadequate, leading to a decline in the quality of patient care and burnout. The University denied these allegations and said UM Health’s staffing decisions have produced “exceptional safety results.”
The tentative agreement was reached almost three weeks after the the union voted to give its bargaining team permission to strikealleging unfair labor practices.
No strikes have been called in Ann Arbor despite around 15,000 Minnesota nurses going off the job last week, making it the the largest strike by private sector nurses in US history. The Minnesota nurses back to work after three days of strike but still do not have a contract.
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