October 23, 2019
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STATEMENT BY OPEIU LOCAL 40 PRESIDENT JEFF MORAWSKI, RN REGARDING MCLAREN MACOMB HOSPITAL’S FAILURE TO DISCLOSE SEVERAL CASES OF LEGIONNAIRES’ DISEASE

[Mt. Clemens, MI – Oct. 10, 2019] “OPEIU Local 40 RNs and healthcare workers are deeply concerned with the reports of several cases of Legionnaires’ disease at McLaren Macomb. What is even more troubling is this has been an ongoing issue since midsummer and our community, our patients, and our workers were never informed of this potential danger. Local 40 believes it’s the hospital’s responsibility and duty to all of its patients and employees to keep them safe and informed of any and all potential health hazards.”

 

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How Private Equity Makes You Sicker

Mergers and acquisitions of hospitals don’t happen in a Wall Street vacuum – they are likely happening in your backyard, costing you more and getting you less. OPEIU supports Medicare For All to protect working people and those unable to work from vicious attacks by Wall Street and insurance companies.


Read the full article on how private equity is making Americans sicker in the American Prospect here: https://prospect.org/health/how-private-equity-makes-you-sicker/

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320 McLaren Macomb Employees Vote to Join OPEIU Local 40

Mt. Clemens, MI (Aug. 29, 2019) – A group of 320 clerical associates, couriers, critical care techs, dispatchers, lab assistants, patient access reps, patient sitters, pharmacy techs and several other classifications at McLaren Macomb hospital voted last night 172 to 113 to form a union with the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 40. There were 35 additional ballots that remained unopened and were not determinative in the election outcome.

The vote proceeded despite McLaren’s efforts to defy the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Region 7’s recently issued Decision and Direction of Election by attempting to stop the election from proceeding and challenging nearly 100 voters, which would have resulted in a delay of election results. The NLRB, however, ordered the ballots to be opened and included in the total vote count.


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Suicides among nurses are on the rise. Here's why one of America's fastest-growing jobs is facing a major crisis

Nurses — who typically work long hours and may face abuse on the job — are more likely to take their own lives, a new study found.

Researchers from the University of California at San Diego recently conducted what they said is the first nationwide investigation into nurse suicides in more than 20 years. They found that both male and female nurses had higher rates of suicide than men and women in the US.
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Violence Against Nurses: A Major Issue in Healthcare

Workplace violence against nurses has significantly increased in the past decade or so, with some studies suggesting a 110% spike in the rate of violent injuries against healthcare workers in the last 10 years.

According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there are 4 types of workplace violence in the healthcare field:

• Type I: The perpetrator has criminal intent and has no relationship to the business or its employees
• Type II: A customer, client, or patient becomes violent when receiving care or services
• Type III: employee-to-employee violence
• Type IV: Personal relationship violence
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