U-M nurse negotiations update - Fact Finding to begin and picket planned

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the U-M Professional Nurses Council/Michigan Nurses Association (UMPNC/MNA) has announced that it will be holding an informational picket and march on the main medical campus.

This informational picket activity is legal and will not disrupt patient care.

An informational picket is not a strike or work-stoppage. UMPNC/MNA members may walk along public property including sidewalks in front of the University Hospital and other UMHHC buildings.

Patients, visitors and staff 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:

Negotiations have been under way since April. In September, nursing union leadership petitioned the Michigan Employment Relations Commission to initiate “fact-finding.” This formal process allows both parties to present their proposals and supporting materials to a neutral third-party (the fact-finder).

Last week, the Michigan Employment Relations Commission appointed the fact finder who will provide non-binding recommendations to assist the parties towards reaching a new agreement. This process is expected to last at least several weeks.

The U-M Health System remains open to ongoing negotiations during the fact finding process 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.

As we have noted before, our nurses are highly valued members of our health care team, and are critical to the high quality, safe care provided to patients at UMHS.

Patients and their loved ones can be confident in the care they will continue to receive at UMHS during negotiations.

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