September 22, 2019
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Happy National Nurses Week!

This week, May 6-12, marks National Nurses Week: a celebration of the contributions and compassion of nurses, which too often go unnoticed. Nursing is the most-trusted profession in the United States, but it is also one of the most dangerous. Support nurses across the United States bywriting your representative and telling them to protect those who protect us by supporting H.R. 1309: the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act.
16 January 2019

Registered Nurses Express Outrage Over Rushed Closing of Labor and Delivery Unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital

Originally slated for March 1, the department’s earlier planned closing leaves the community vulnerable and underserved

Little Rock, Ark. (Jan. 15, 2019) – OPEIU Local 22 registered nurses employed at CHI St. Vincent are expressing outrage over the announcement that the labor and delivery and NCIU – originally slated for closing on March 1 – will now close by early February.


“The hard-working nurses who staff the L&D unit are still reeling from the announcement that the 130-year-old unit would be closing on March 1 – the reason for which we still haven’t been told – and now we find out the unit will close even sooner,” said Paige Yates, RN, president of Local 22. “This rush to close leaves our community and the families who depend on the labor and delivery unit, including the many inductions and caesarean births already scheduled for the coming months, in an extremely vulnerable position.”

7 October 2018

Learn More About the OPEIU Nurses Council

Click the following link to check out the new brochure for the OPEIU Nurses Council, which details our organization’s mission, values, issues and contact information.

3 August 2018

Watch as our #OPEIU Local 40 Nurses at McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens demand new contract!

Nurses at McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens gathered Wednesday night to demand a new contract.

The nurses have been negotiating since May 2017.

They want safe staffing, which would allow nurses to work overtime instead of the hospital hiring contracted workers, and they want to protect nurses against workplace violence. The nurses said many of them have faced violence while trying to assist patients.

The nurses said they will continue to picket, but won't allow it to interfere with helping patients.

3 August 2018

El-Sayed joins OPEIU Local 40 RN's picket line to protest lack of contract

About 300 McLaren Macomb union nurses and their supporters -- including Democratic gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed -- held an informational picket Wednesday outside of their Mount Clemens hospital as they try to negotiate a new contract.

At issue at the bargaining table are a pay increase, safe staffing ratios and ways to reduce workplace violence.

Jeff Morawski, president of Office & Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 40 at McLaren, said the hospital submitted a new proposal earlier in the day, about two weeks after the union delivered its most recent proposal. He said union leaders will study the offer and continue negotiations Monday.

About the ONC

The OPEIU Nurses Council (ONC) was established by OPEIU members who are nurses, giving them a means to participate in the resolution of issues affecting their nursing practice. The ONC helps foster a climate of professionalism within the nursing community, promoting best practices regarding patient care, safety concerns and compensation issues. The ONC advocates for legislation to improve working conditions and improve patient care, including measures that address nurse-to-patient ratios and violence against health care workers. Its primary goal is to advance the professional image of the nursing profession. 

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