Update on MNA/UMPNC negotiations

August 17, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Strategy & Leadership

The University of Michigan was sent an action filed in the Michigan Court of Claims by the Michigan Nurses Association and UMPNC related to ongoing contract negotiations. 

The lawsuit seeks an injunction against the university over what the union says is a “refusal to bargain” over union demands for fixed, mandatory nursing staff/patient ratios in hospital units. The union demands contract language designating what the fixed staffing ratios will be, with disputes decided by a labor arbitrator who has no medical training or experience in rendering patient care.

U-M Health plans to vigorously defend itself in this lawsuit.

U-M Health makes staffing determinations with patient safety at the forefront of its decisions, and this has produced outstanding safety results. The health system continuously receives recognition as Michigan’s safest hospital.

Other safety recognition and honors include:

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which designated U-M Health with a five-star rating
  • U.S. News & World Report, which named U-M Health Michigan’s #1 hospital
  • Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, which recognized U-M Health with an “A” patient safety grade for 10 consecutive years.
  • In addition, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) awarded U-M Health with Magnet designation, nursing’s highest honor, which recognizes less than 10% of all hospitals in the nation for rigorous standards for quality patient care and nursing excellence.

U-M Health is one of only eight hospitals in the nation to be honored with Leapfrog, U.S. News and CMS designations.

We continue to bargain in good faith. Highlights of U-M Health’s current contract offer to UMPNC include:

  • Providing a 6% raise for nurses in the first year and 5% per year for the next three years, representing a 21% base pay increase.
  • Introducing a new salary step program for nurse practitioners with an average 20% increase over four years.
  • Safely eliminating mandatory overtime.

Although the labor agreement has officially expired, U-M Health’s nurses continue to work under the same terms and conditions of the expired contract and be paid at the same rate as before the expiration.