MGH, nurses reach 4-year deal

MARQUETTE – Marquette General Hospital has reached a new four-year agreement with its 457-member nurses union.

The pact is a modification of the nurses’ contract that was set to expire next month.

“I’m very proud of how our nurses stuck together to advocate for ourselves and our patients,” said Carolyn Hietamaki, a registered nurse and president of the MGH RN Staff Council. “Our voice in the workplace is respected because we are nurses but also because we are active members of a strong union. The nurses are pleased that now we can focus on collaborating with the hospital to grow and serve our community even better.”

Dawn Kettinger, communications director for Michigan Nurses Association, said the negotiation process was a positive one. It marks the nurses’ first contract since the MGH was acquired by Duke LifePoint Healthcare.

“Our first concern is always patient care and making sure our nurses have the ability to be advocates for patient care,” she said. “We want to continue having good relationships with hospitals, regardless of ownership.”

The new agreement, according to the MNA, includes wage increases, controlled health insurance costs, improved scheduling language and new language to address nurse fatigue.

For more on the story, see Thursday’s print edition of The Mining Journal.