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Nurses sign collective bargaining agreement

July 22, 2016
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Registered nurses serving a hospital in the region have signed a new contract for the next two years.

Registered nurses from Mercy Health Partners Hackley Campus in Muskegon, at 1700 Clinton St., accepted a new collective bargaining agreement.

The contract takes effect immediately and expires on Nov. 30, 2018.

The Michigan Nurses Association, or MNA, represented the nurses in the negotiations.

MNA said the contract contains many improvements for nurses and patients, including duty clarifications that will allow nurses to spend more time at the bedside providing care and less time on administrative tasks.

The agreement contains increases to tuition reimbursement, which will provide an additional incentive for nurses to enhance their skills by pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

The nurses also “won the ability” to take time off for possible infectious disease exposure without penalty.

Bill Baker, RN and president of the Mercy Health Partners RN Council, said the contract contains “improved safety committee language” that will help nurses “maintain safe staffing levels and provide the highest quality of care.”

"We are pleased that the MNA at Mercy Health Hackley Campus is satisfied with the terms of the contract," said John Schwartz, regional VP and chief human resources officer, Mercy Health. "We, too, are pleased — as we achieved many bargaining objectives set by our organization. We are happy to say that it appears this contract is a win-win."

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