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Firefighters, Nurses and Working Families Ask State Senators to Avoid Divisive Politics

Firefighters, Nurses and Working Families Ask State Senators to Avoid Divisive Politics

Almost 12,000 Petition Signatures Urge the Legislature to Steer Clear of Right to Work. (Lansing, MI) Firefighters and nurses visited a dozen state senate offices at the capitol today, delivering thousands of petition signatures opposing a Right to Work law and other bills intended to weaken collective bargaining rights. —AFL-CIO Press Release, 11/28/12 More »

As Benishek’s Wealth Rockets 60% to $5.6M, He Leaves Constituents Behind

As Benishek’s Wealth Rockets 60% to $5.6M, He Leaves Constituents Behind

MICHIGAN--Registered nurses in Congressman Dan Benishek’s district said today a new report that his personal wealth has increased by 60 percent to $5.6 million explains why he has repeatedly voted to make seniors pay thousands of dollars more for their health care every year so that his fellow millionaires can enjoy more tax breaks. —Michigan Nurses Association Press Release, 10/08/12 More »

Duggan Campaign Rewrites His Anti-Union History

Duggan Campaign Rewrites His Anti-Union History

Potential Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan’s campaign responded to concerns about the Detroit Medical Center CEO’s reputation as a union buster today with an astonishing string of falsehoods. In an interview on “First Shift With Tony Trupiano,” Duggan’s committee chairman Conrad Mallett Jr. made misstatements about multiple aspects of an organizing drive initiated by DMC nurses in 2007. —Michigan Nurses Association Press Release, 09/27/12 More »

Michigan Nurses Association Welcomes New Security Measures at Sparrow Hospital

Michigan Nurses Association Welcomes New Security Measures at Sparrow Hospital

“We’re glad to see Sparrow officials taking steps to protect staff and patients. Nurses and other healthcare professionals should not have to worry about being attacked while helping others, yet far too often they experience violence on the job. These matters must be taken seriously. The Michigan Nurses Association also continues to push for state legislation that strengthens penalties against those who assault healthcare workers. Everything possible should be done to ensure that our hospitals are safe for all health care professionals and every patient we take care of.” —Michigan Nurses Association, 08/31/12 More »

Nurses Renew Call for Rep. Benishek to Hold Town Halls On Medicare Plan

Nurses Renew Call for Rep. Benishek to Hold Town Halls On Medicare Plan

CHEBOYGAN – As Congress continues its 5-week recess, the Michigan Nurses Association renewed its call today for Congressman Dan Benishek (R-Crystal Falls) to take a break from campaigning and hold public town hall meetings to discuss his votes to end Medicare while giving millionaires additional tax breaks. Michigan Citizen Action and Protect Your Care Michigan joined the nurses in demanding that Benishek, who is in Florida this week for the National Republican Convention, listen to the concerns of his constituents at home. —Michigan Nurses Assoc. Press Release, 08/30/12 More »

Nurses: Collective Bargaining Keeps Our Patients Safe

Nurses: Collective Bargaining Keeps Our Patients Safe

Citizens should be allowed to vote on protecting the collective bargaining rights that enable nurses to protect patients and negotiate for safe staffing that saves lives, members of Michigan’s largest association of registered nurses said today. —Michigan Nurses Association, 08/16/12 More »

Michigan RNs, patients gain with new contract

Michigan RNs, patients gain with new contract

MUSKEGON – The registered nurses at Mercy Health Partners-Hackley Campus have negotiated a new contract that improves patient-to-nurse staffing and creates a safe environment for nurses and patients. “Nurses know how many patients a nurse cares for at one time makes a difference in how well that patient can be treated,” said Cindra Bringedahl, an RN working in the Endoscopy unit. “Having appropriate staffing means that we will have enough nurses to take care of our patients.” —Michigan Nurses Assoc. Press Release, 08/15/12 More »

Nurses Tell Rep. Liss: Stop Betraying Your Profession!

Nurses Tell Rep. Liss: Stop Betraying Your Profession!

State Rep. Lesia Liss (D-Warren) is betraying the nursing profession by supporting the silencing of female legislators, the Michigan Nurses Association said today. Liss, an emergency room nurse, voted for legislation last week that dangerously restricts women’s health care options and said today that criticism of House Republicans for banning the two female leaders from speaking is “making women look bad.” More »

Michigan Nurses Association Proud to Represent RNs at Cheboygan Campus of McLaren Northern Michigan

Michigan Nurses Association Proud to Represent RNs at Cheboygan Campus of McLaren Northern Michigan

CHEBOYGAN – The Michigan Nurses Association today praised McLaren Health Care Corporation for recognizing it as the official collective bargaining agent of the nurses at the former Cheboygan Memorial Hospital, adding stability to the community’s health care after months of uncertainty. More »

Nurses Demand That Foster Apologize For Using Female Slur

Nurses Demand That Foster Apologize For Using Female Slur

The Michigan Nurses Association demanded today that State Representative Frank Foster (R-Petoskey) apologize for calling one of their staffers the “c word” during a visit to her neighborhood. The organization is asking House Speaker Jase Bolger to investigate whether action should be taken against Foster for his offensive conduct. More »

McLaren Evasive About Rehiring Cheboygan Memorial Nurses for Re-Opened Hospital

McLaren Evasive About Rehiring Cheboygan Memorial Nurses for Re-Opened Hospital

Registered nurses who worked at Cheboygan Memorial Hospital before it closed should be the ones hired to take care of patients at the re-opened hospital, the Michigan Nurses Association said today. More »

Cheboygan Nurses Celebrate News of May 14 CMH Re-Opening, Urge Elected Officials to Step Up

Cheboygan Nurses Celebrate News of May 14 CMH Re-Opening, Urge Elected Officials to Step Up

CHEBOYGAN – With news today that McLaren Health Care has finally closed on the sale of Cheboygan Memorial Hospital, the registered nurses who worked there are looking forward to the May 14th re-opening of the emergency department and other services. More »

North Ottawa Community Hospital Nurses Ask Federal Officials to Intervene Again

North Ottawa Community Hospital Nurses Ask Federal Officials to Intervene Again

Nurses at North Ottawa Community Hospital said today they have been forced again to ask federal officials to intervene, this time because hospital leaders refuse to communicate with them and compromise at the bargaining table. This is the fourth time the nurses have had to file an unfair labor practice charge in about a year, an extremely unusual number for a Michigan hospital. More »

Singh Earns Endorsement from Michigan Nurses Association for 69th House District

Singh Earns Endorsement from Michigan Nurses Association for 69th House District

OKEMOS– The Michigan Nurses Association has endorsed Sam Singh for Michigan’s 69th House District, noting his long record of public service in the community and his advocacy of nonprofits and charities. More »

Nurses Speak Out to Protect Michigan Workers’ Voices

Nurses Speak Out to Protect Michigan Workers’ Voices

LANSING – Michigan Nurses Association members are serving on the frontline of the fight to protect collective bargaining in Michigan, joining teachers, firefighters and other workers this week in launching an online petition to preserve this most basic and essential right. —Michigan Nurses Association Press Release, 03/02/12 More »

UMH RNs Gain Significant Increases in New Contract

UMH RNs Gain Significant Increases in New Contract

Ann Arbor, Michigan - The 4,000 registered nurses at the University of Michigan Hospital, represented by the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA), have cast a resounding vote to ratify a new three year contract. The contract offers nurses wages and benefits that are among the best in the marketplace, as well as a continued commitment to support the delivery of the highest quality care. —MNA Press Release, 11/07/11 More »

U-M RNs rally, march and picket for contracts

U-M RNs rally, march and picket for contracts

Ann Arbor, Michigan – Over 1,200 University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) registered nurses rallied at Liberty Park, marched from downtown Ann Arbor to Medical Center Drive, and picketed for two contracts outside the hospital: the Main Street Contract and a fair contract from UMHS management for 4,000 RNs. The combined event was held on Wednesday, October 12 beginning at 4:30 pm. —Press Release, 10/13/11 More »

Nurses Say Camp’s Silence on Supporting Working Families Speaks Volumes

Nurses Say Camp’s Silence on Supporting Working Families Speaks Volumes

MIDLAND – As Michigan’s unemployment rate rises and many in Congress jump to protect millionaires over workers, Michigan nurses today expressed disappointment in U.S. Representative Dave Camp (R-Midland) for failing to support the Main Street Contract for the American People and called on him to hold a town hall meeting in the district. —Press Release, 09/30/11 More »

Mid-Michigan District Health Department nurses ratify four-year contract

Okemos - The registered nurses at Mid Michigan District Health Department ratified a new four year collective bargaining agreement last week, a few days before the Board of Commissioners also ratified the agreement. —Press Release, 08/22/11 More »

Nurses hold “Governor Snyder’s ‘No Soup For You’ Kitchen in Protest of Budget Cuts

Nurses hold “Governor Snyder’s ‘No Soup For You’ Kitchen in Protest of Budget Cuts

Nurses representing the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) served chicken noodle soup, sandwiches and cookies on the Capital lawn today as a part of “Governor Snyder’s ‘No Soup for You’ Kitchen.” —Press Release, 07/13/11 More »

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