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Lansing Labor News
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December 14, 2017
President Derrick McDuffey
Updated On: Dec 07, 2017

Bargaining for a better tomorrow

In a previous article I mentioned that Sparrow Hospital is a union operated facility. Not only does the UAW represent over 2,300 members, we also work side by side with MNA/PECSH, the nurses union at sparrow. They, too, represent over 2,300 members and of this writing, they are entering their third week of working without a contract.
With the uncertainty of health care in the United States, most hospitals are bracing for less reimbursement from Medicare and Medicaid, forcing hospitals across the country to tighten their belts in preparation for potential loss of revenue.
While the nurses union works without a contract, they are still at the table working with Sparrow to negotiate an agreement that will take care of their nurses and their families, as well as the patients they care for—all while trying to avoid a work stoppage which looms over their negotiations.
As President of Local 4911, I know we will face a lot of the same challenges a year from now when we enter into contract negotiations with Sparrow. Our bargaining team will work to negotiate our seventh contract that will take care of our members, our families, and all who come to Sparrow for their healthcare needs.
Saving lives and providing services that promote a healthy community, while at the same time building a strong middle class in Lansing and surrounding areas, is paramount for Local 4911 and other labor unions in the Capitol City.


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