February 06, 2023
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Local 40 Nurses Ratify Contract Enabling Safer Patient Care

Local 40 Nurses Ratify Contract Enabling Safer Patient Care

With more than 90 percent support, Local 40 nurses employed at McLaren Macomb hospital avoided a potential strike and ratified an agreement that increases nurse-to-patient staffing ratios throughout the hospital and provides an average 15.5 percent wage increase with $4,000 appreciation and retention bonuses for each nurse.

The unit of nearly 600 registered nurses began bargaining Feb. 1 with the hospital, located in Mount Clemens, Michigan. “A top issue the nurses wanted addressed was improved staffing to ensure quality, safe patient care,” Local 40 President Jeff Morawski said. “Morale in the hospital needs to be improved by seeing an increase

in recruitment and retention of ancillary staff, as well as recognition and appreciation of the tireless effort employees made during the past year and a half of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
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Watch OPEIU Local 40 President Jeff Morawski on CBS Detroit

Nearly 600 McLaren Macomb nurses could walk off the job as contract negotiations breakdown and union leaders say members feel over-worked and under-valued. Nurses at McLaren Macomb are saying enough is enough.
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Watch Local 40 Vice President Dina Carlisle, RN on WNYZ News Channel 7 discussing the federal investigation into McLaren Macomb Hospital

(WXYZ) — Last month, the 7 Investigators showed you how nurses inside McLaren Macomb were blowing the whistle on what they said were unsanitary conditions and a lack of COVID-19 protocols inside the hospital. That story sparked a social media firestorm, prompting thousands of shares and comments from patients and employees detailing similar concerns.
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Today we celebrate #NationalNursesDay


 

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Watch OPEIU Local 40 President Jeff Morawski on ABC's World News Tonight discuss how surging COVID-19 cases are straining Michigan hospitals.

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