Collective Bargaining at Munson Medical Center

In August 2017, registered nurses at Munson Medical Center took part in a two-day election to determine if they should be represented by the Michigan Nurses Association. The result: 489 nurses voted in favor of forming a union while 439 voted against the measure. Four months later, the Michigan Nurses Association requested the first bargaining session.

Since December 7, 2017, the collective bargaining committee, that includes representatives from both sides, has been meeting four full days per month for the past seven months, with much more work being done in between sessions. It’s a big time commitment, and we’re dedicated to it.

Throughout these first-time contract negotiations, we seek in good faith to move forward together and continue to work as one health care team so that every patient we treat continues to receive award-winning care. It is our goal to be transparent throughout the collective bargaining process. 

We invite you to read our commitment to our community and to stay up-to-date on progress.

Bargaining Update - December 7, 2018

The twenty-third set of bargaining sessions between Munson Medical Center (MMC) and the MNA occurred on Thursday and Friday, December 6 and 7. 

We continue to have good discussions on the remaining topics such as scheduling. Both MMC and the MNA agree that we need to ensure appropriate coverage for our patients, including on weekends and holidays. Finding the right balance to ensure that patient needs are met, while also allowing nurses appropriate time off, remains challenging. MMC will continue to bargain in good faith to find common ground with the union on this issue.

We did reach new tentative agreements regarding preserving our shared governance committees, the introduction of new technology, such as cameras and GPS technology, language that avoids strikes and lockouts during the term of the agreement, and pay during grievance meetings.  Shared governance in particular is an important issue for all nurses, and we were pleased that we can reassure nurses that the existing committees will continue.  

The next collective bargaining dates are scheduled for December 17 and 18. 

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