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UM nurses reach tentative agreement with Michigan Medicine

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Nurses at the University of Michigan say they’ve reached a tentative three-year agreement with Michigan Medicine, ending their threat of a strike.

Just last week U of M nurses voted to authorize their union to call a three-day work stoppage, citing unfair labor practices. Ninety-four percent of the votes were in favor of the authorization.

The University of Michigan Professional Nurses Council (UMPNC) made the announcement in a joint release with Michigan Medicine on Saturday morning.

Details of the tentative agreement have yet to be determined, according to Katie Oppenheim, chair of the Michigan Nurses Association. However, Oppenheim says nurses will have final say through a ratification vote.

“Our bargaining team is recommending this agreement because it will allow nurses to continue to provide world-class care. We are proud of our nurses and their ongoing dedication to patients,” she says.

Nurses are expected to schedule the ratification vote sometime in the coming weeks.

UMPNC, which is an affiliate of the Michigan Nurses Association, represents more than 5,700 RNs at University of Michigan hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities.

Rebecca Kruth is the host of All Things Considered at Michigan Radio. She also co-hosts Michigan Radio’s weekly language podcast That’s What They Say with English professor Anne Curzan.
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