Michigan nurses make history with newly ratified contract

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Nurses at Munson Medical Center represented by the Michigan Nurses Association overwhelmingly voted to ratify their first contract.

The agreement limits forced overtime, provides nurses a formal structure to address RN staffing levels, and implements new workplace safety procedures.

Nurses also received a 13% raise over the course of the three-year contract.

“We are proud to have achieved a historic contract for our patients and our community,” said Shelly DuBois, RN. “Nurses came together to have a voice in our hospital.”

According to the Michigan Nurses Association, this contract is the largest successful unionization effort since Michigan went “Right to Work” in 2013 as well as the largest newly unionized workplace in any “Right to Work” state in the country in over five years.

Jamie Brown, RN and President of the Michigan Nurses Association said, “Nurses are in unions all across Michigan because we know that together we can make sure that patients come before profits.”

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