On Saturday, Aug. 13, from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m., the U-M Professional Nurses Council/Michigan Nurses Association (UMPNC/MNA) will be holding an informational picket at the entrance to the medical campus on Fuller Road.
This informational picket activity is legal and will not disrupt patient care.
An informational picket is not a strike or work-stoppage. It may consist of UMPNC/MNA members gathering together to hold signs and walk along the property line in front of the University Hospital and other UMHHC buildings.
Visitors do not need to worry about crossing picket lines. No attempts will be made to block traffic or entry-ways to facilities.
Additional information on the status of U-M Nursing Negotiations:
On Thursday, August 11 both parties jointly agreed to seek assistance from a state mediator who will be joining the parties on Tuesday, Aug. 16 to help them reach an agreement.
The Health System negotiating team will return to the table on Tuesday, Aug. 16 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.
It has been our longstanding philosophy not to bargain in the media and we will continue to decline to provide specific information about proposals during negotiations. We look forward to continued negotiations, with a goal of resolving these challenging issues as soon as possible.