500 Michigan Medicine workers unionize

About 500 additional workers from Ann Arbor-based Michigan Medicine have joined the United Michigan Medicine Allied Professionals, American Federation of Teachers Local 6739, according to a health system statement shared with Becker's June 28.

The workers join a bargaining unit that represents diagnostic technologists. With the additional workers, the bargaining unit now has about 1,400 members.

New members seek more input in scheduling, staffing-related working conditions and other workplace issues, Cheryl Bodmer, a surgical technologist at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital, said, according to mlive.com.

Michigan Medicine said it "will begin bargaining this summer with these employees, who are valued members of our care teams."

Michigan Medicine's website states that it includes the University of Michigan health system; the university's medical school and its university medical group practice; a biomedical research community; and Michigan Health Corp.

This story was updated at 12:32 p.m. CDT.

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