Here is the statement Michigan Medicine release Monday in response to the University of Michigan Professional Nurses Council's vote to authorize a strike for what the nurse's organization claims is a violation of their workplace rights.
Here is the full statement, released by Mary Masson, director of public relations for Michigan Medicine:
We are disappointed that our UMPNC nurses have voted to approve a strike. We have been bargaining in good faith since January and have offered a competitive package.
Nurses are critical to the delivery of safe patient care. The most critically ill patients in the state come to Michigan Medicine. A strike could put patient safety at serious risk.
The UMPNC must give us an official 10-day notice of a strike and we still hope to avoid any work stoppages. Since UMPNC announced it was seeking the vote, Michigan Medicine leaders have been developing a comprehensive continuity of operations plan in the event of a strike. This will include hiring and training temporary nurses to replace absent employees, deferring and rescheduling select procedures and making staff scheduling adjustments as needed. Michigan Medicine remains committed to patient safety during any union activity, and will do everything possible to maintain the highest quality of care during a strike.
Because it is illegal for public employees to strike, Michigan Medicine will take legal action to avoid a strike.
We remain ready to continue bargaining with the UMPNC and are eager to resolve the contract negotiations.
Michigan Medicine has offered the nurses a compensation package that includes competitive across-the-board increases of at least 3 percent and a competitive paid maternal/parental leave program that includes six weeks of paid leave for physiological recovery from birth of a child and six weeks of paid parental leave to employees after a birth, adoption or foster care and guardianship.
UMPNC cites safe staffing as one of its most important bargaining issues. In August, Michigan Medicine was ranked #5 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. These Honor Roll rankings are achieved in part by our excellent nurse to patient ratios. Our ratios are in the top 2 percent of all hospitals in the country. We accomplished this without any contractual requirement to do so because excellent nurse staffing supports excellent patient outcomes. We remain committed to providing this level of staffing.
More information is available at this University of Michigan site: https://hr.umich.edu/working-u-m/my-employment/union-contracts-wage-schedules/about-umpnc