Nurses at U-P Health System Marquette served notice to the hospital that they will be going on strike October fifth and sixth if no new contract is reached. The nurses have been in negotiations on a new contract since April.
A two-month extension of the old contract expired in July. Nurses voted for the strike on August 29th. They say hospital owner Duke Lifepoint is refusing to provide what they call “safe staffing levels” at the Marquette facility.
The nurses union statement:
This afternoon UPHS – Marquette received notice that the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) plans to commence a strike at our hospital on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7:00 a.m., concluding on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 6:59 a.m.
Prior to these dates, we have four meetings scheduled for negotiations with the MNA. We will continue to bargain in good faith; however, should it occur, we are fully prepared to handle a strike and ensure there is no interruption in care for our patients and community members.
We are securing fully-qualified staff to replace those who go on strike and are attending to every detail in preparation for this event. As always, delivering quality care and services to our patients will remain our primary focus, and we will not allow anything to stand in the way of providing the best for our community.