Regarding the ongoing contract negotiations between the nurses in the Michigan Nurses Association and the ARMC administration, the public and doctors who depend on those nurses should know the facts and implications of a possible strike.
The parties are supposedly bargaining in good faith, but that seems to be one-sided. Administration has proposed that the nurses should give up some of their paid vacation, pay a percentage of their families’ health care premium (as opposed to a set fee per pay), give up the long-standing seniority pay (presumably for incentives to stay with ARMC), lower cost of living raises, and other concessions.
The nurses want what is best for their patients and prevent injuries not only to patients but to themselves as well. The nurses are going what they love to do but they also want the respect and benefits due any professional.
The hard working nurses at ARMC deserve this respect, which they have not received from the ARMC administration. The nurses should not accept their benefits being taken away from them as were provided through good-faith negotiations in the past. The nurses are the backbone of the care provided at ARMC. They are the ones at the bedsides 24/7, 365 days per year. Those of us who live in this community and the surrounding areas depend on excellent bedside care for ourselves and our families.
We don’t want to lose these dedicated professionals. I have witnessed my wife, a registered nurse at ARMC, come home from work exhausted and frustrated. All she asks is to provide safe patient care in a workplace that respects her and protects her. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.
Please express your support for the nurses at ARMC.
Stephen L. Crane