For Immediate Release
Contact: Sara Wallenfang; 517-974-4966
New collective bargaining agreement must be voted on by members
(Marquette, MI) The following statement should be attributed to Scott Balko, Operating Room RN and President of the UPHS Marquette Staff Council/MNA:
After more than a year of negotiations, including extensive bargaining that lasted late last night and through early this morning, Marquette nurses and Duke LifePoint executives have agreed in principle on the terms of a new collective bargaining agreement.
This is a win for our entire UP community, and we could not have come this far without strong community support. I want to thank all of our friends, family members, and neighbor who continue to support us.
Details of any tentative agreement will not be disclosed until presented to members at ratification meetings, which will be scheduled as soon as possible.
The UPHS Marquette RN Staff Council represents about 375 Registered Nurses at UP Health System – Marquette. The Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) is the largest, most effective union for registered nurses in Michigan, advocating for nurses and their patients at the State Capitol, in the community, and at the bargaining table.