On Wednesday, August 3 a team from the University of Michigan Health System will return to the negotiation table with representatives from the U-M Professional Nurses Council/Michigan Nurses Association (UMPNC/MNA). The labor contract negotiations, which began in April, have been suspended since July 9 at the request of the union.
The Health System negotiating team looks forward to returning to the table and engaging with the union bargaining team in an effort to reach an agreement on a successor contract to the one that expired on June 30, 2011. Throughout negotiations, operations have continued as normal and the parties continue to operate according to the terms set forth in the expired agreement.
In the negotiations, the University has an overall interest in reaching a new agreement that includes market- and cost-competitive provisions, which will preserve the organization’s success in recruiting and retaining a highly talented nursing workforce. Discussions at the bargaining table have been constructive, with tentative agreements reached on many important issues.
UMHS stands firm in its commitment to providing excellent and safe patient care – the kind of care that has earned the Health System a spot on the national U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals Honor Roll for the last 17 years. We are proud of the quality nursing staff that are a great part of our history and ongoing commitment to safe and effective care.
We prefer to not bargain in the media. As you might expect, we respectfully disagree with our colleagues regarding any connection between these labor discussions and the suggestion of negative effects on the excellent care and reputation that our nurses have earned over the years. We look forward to continuing the negotiations, with a goal to resolve challenging issues as soon as possible.
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