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MyMichigan Medical Center Sault nurses authorize second strike

UPDATE 6/17/24 6:00 p.m.

SAULT STE. MARIE — Union nurses at MyMichigan Medical Center Sault have authorized a second strike. They went on a five-day strike in April.

The nurses’ contract expired at the start of the new year. Due to failed negotiations, they voted last week to go on strike again.

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They are required to give MyMichigan 10-day’s notice before going on strike.

In a statement to 9&10 News, MyMichigan said:

“In a commitment to our community, it is our responsibility to carefully balance a fair wage increase for our nurses with what is needed to pay all staff fairly, maintain our facilities, replace critical equipment, and maintain the critical services our community deserves.”

The union disagrees that the wage increase is fair.

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“We are fighting for a fair contract that will not only recruit, but to retain nursing staff here at MyMichigan Sault. The proposed contract from the administration right now would put us on the lower end of wages and we want to be comparable to other MyMichigan hospitals and other Upper Peninsula hospitals,” said nurse Jillian Leblanc.

The two sides will meet again Wednesday for the 18th time since last October to try to solve this impasse.

6/14/24 9:15 a.m.

SAULT STE. MARIE – Nurses at MyMichigan Medical Center Sault have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a second strike – this time of indefinite duration – with the backing of a new Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) strike pay benefit to provide financial support.

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Ten-day notice would be given if a strike is called. The Soo nurses, who make up a local MNA bargaining unit, held a five-day ULP strike in April after months of bargaining; negotiation sessions on May 10 and May 29 did not produce an agreement. Their contract expired Dec. 31.

The nurses voted Wednesday and Thursday on the strike authorization.

Sault nurses are seeking a contract that will recruit and retain nurses. They say the hospital is frequently short-staffed, to the point of sometimes compromising patient care.


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