UP Health System-Marquette Techs ‘Go Union’ With The Michigan Nurses Association
(MARQUETTE, MICHIGAN) - Techs at UP Health System-Marquette (UPHS) have voted to form a Union with the Michigan Nurses Association, (MNA) the organization announced.
The Techs won their Union with 92% voting yes in a final 159-to-13 count.
“By voting to form a Union, we have won a voice and we want to use that voice to advocate for our community,” said Katlyn Lafrinere, a Cardiovascular Radiologic Technologist, in a statement. “We are ready to speak up for each other and for what our patients need.”
This is the third facility of Health Care Workers in the Upper Peninsula that has voted to Unionize with the MNA since the start of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Nurses at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and Health Care Professionals at the Chippewa County Health Department both successfully voted to join the MNA within the past year.
“The past year of COVID crisis has really brought us together and shown us how much stronger we are when we are united,” said Kerri Beckman, a Medical Technologist, in a statement. “We all need each other to keep moving forward. With a Union, we will be able to retain quality Employees to make sure that we can always provide the kind of patient care our community deserves.”
Unionized Marquette Techs will be joining the approximately 400 Registered Nurses (RNs) at UPHS-Marquette who are also MNBA Members.
“We are thrilled to welcome techs at UPHS-Marquette into our Union,” MNA President Jamie Brown, an RN, said. “We know that we are strongest when we are united together.”
MNA Vice President Stephanie DePetro, an RN who also served as President of the local Bargaining Unit of MNA Nurses at UPHS Marquette, said in a statement: “We are so excited that the Techs at our hospital have won a collective voice. MNA Nurses and Techs will not be afraid to speak up together to advocate for the well-being and safety of our patients.”
Negotiations for a first contract for Marquette Techs are expected to begin soon.
The contract for Nurses will expire in less than a year.
MNA said previously that Nurses had to go on Strike in order to win a fair contract from UPHS.
Both Nurses and Techs hope UPHS will not push them to that point during their respective contract negotiations.
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