Munson Medical Center, union reach tentative labor deal

Traverse City, Mich.-based Munson Medical Center and nurses represented by the Michigan Nurses Association have reached a tentative agreement.

The three-year agreement includes staffing protections, mandatory overtime limits and raises to recruit and retain nurses, according to a union news release. Nurses must still ratify the agreement.

"This is a huge achievement, not just for us, but for our community as a whole," said James Walker, RN. "We formed a union so that we could make sure our patients always come first. By winning language that protects safe staffing and limits the use of forced overtime, we are excited to have taken a major step toward this goal."

Munson Medical Center said in a statement that it was also pleased an agreement was reached and hopes nurses accept the deal.

"We feel strongly that the tentative agreement takes into account what is best for our entire healthcare team, our patients and our community, and affirms that Munson Medical Center is a great place to work," the statement reads.

The union plans to publicly share more details of the agreement later and said a vote to ratify the agreement will be scheduled soon.


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