Nurses at McLaren Greater Lansing took their fight for a new contract to the streets Wednesday.
The nurses, as well as their representatives at their union, Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 459 say compensation and staffing levels are the hangups in negotiations. Jeffrey Flemming, OPEIU’s lead negotiator for the nurses, says because of low staffing levels, the hospital is requiring nurses to work overtime.
“Nurses are having to work 16 hour shifts, in some cases day, after day, after day,” he said.
Which Linda Olin, a Registered Nurse at McLaren Greater Lansing, says negatively impacts patient care.