200 MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot Nurses and Community Members Picketed to Call for a Fair Contract

Nurses held an informational picket calling for a fair contract that puts patients first 

(Alma, MI) – Approximately 200 nurses at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot and their community supporters held an informational picket last night to call on the administration to negotiate a fair contract. The RNs say they worry about their hospital’s ability to recruit and retain quality nurses if the current policies continue. Video and images from the rally are available upon request.

“I became a nurse because I care deeply about my community,” said Shenan Shinabarger, a medical/surgical and pediatrics nurse who is president of the local union, an affiliate of the Michigan Nurses Association. “Our executives love to talk about how we’re all a family, but their actions say otherwise. How can we be a family when we aren’t treated equally with nurses at other MidMichigan hospitals?”

Nurses at Gratiot are fighting for equity with other MidMichigan hospitals and are speaking out against proposed increases to the cost of their health insurance. MidMichigan’s administration has yet to offer a proposal during any of the 15 negotiations sessions that offers Gratiot RNs equal overall compensation with other hospitals in the system. Gratiot nurses also want to strengthen the staffing guidelines in their current contract so they can keep their patients safe.

“We know that safe staffing saves lives, and we are proud to be advocates for our patients,” said Brandi Cutting, RN. “It’s just plain wrong that Midland executives are punishing us for being part of a union.”

MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot is an affiliate of the University of Michigan Health System. Their conduct during negotiations has caught the attention of Paul Brown, a University of Michigan Regent.

“Nurses unions make hospitals better because they and their members fight for safe patient care,” Brown said. “They should be celebrated.”

The Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) is the largest, most effective union for RNs across the state. As the voice for all registered nurses in Michigan, MNA advocates for nurses and their patients at the Capitol, in the community, and at the bargaining table.

Note: This is not a work stoppage or strike – all participants are attending outside of their work hours. Members will demonstrate without disrupting traffic flow or patient care.

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