Kristen Jordan Shamus | Detroit Free PressReporter, Detroit Free Press
Kristen Jordan Shamus is a journalist covering health and gender for the Detroit Free Press. Her stories often touch on the ways in which health and gender topics intersect with politics and social justice issues.
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, she has led coverage of the virus and its impact on Michiganders for the Free Press.
A graduate of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, she has worked more than two decades in journalism. She and her husband, Greg, have three children and two dogs.
The union, which represents 53 worker classifications, including nurses, pharmacists, social workers and therapists at Sparrow, would provide a 10-day notice before setting a strike date.
Bitter fights over whether hospitals are doing enough to retain and recruit health care workers have intensified during the pandemic, as shortages reach a crisis point.
The Detroit-based hospital system made the numbers public after a deadline passed for staff to get vaccinated. A dozen Michigan health systems were surveyed on staff vaccine rates, offering varying levels of transparency.