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McLaren Central Michigan, Nurses' Union reach tentative contract agreement

Petoskey Plastics / McLaren Northern Michigan

McLaren Central Michigan and its nurses' union reached a tentative contract agreement on Friday.

Last month, nurses at McLaren Central and MyMichigan Alma both voted in favor of giving their respective bargaining teams the ability to call for a strike.

In a written statement, McLaren Central Michigan President Robert David said, “We are pleased to announce that following extensive negotiations, McLaren Central Michigan and Michigan Nurses Association agreed to terms on a three-year successor labor contract, reaching a tentative agreement late Friday night to avoid a potential strike.”

In a written statement, Jessica Harradine, RN, president of the Michigan Nurses Association at the hospital said, "After many long hours of negotiations, we have reached a fair deal that we hope will help us recruit and retain nurses at our hospital. Now, nurses will have a chance to review the agreement and vote together democratically on whether to ratify it. I plan to vote yes and encourage my coworkers to do the same.”

Nurses are scheduled to vote on the agreement on Wednesday, February 22.

The MNA said no additional details of the agreement will be released publicly until after the vote.

MNA nurses at MyMichigan Alma reached a tentative agreement for a three-year contract with the hospital administration on February 8. They vote on the contract on February 15.

Sean Chase is from Newaygo, Michigan. He is a senior at Central Michigan University pursuing a journalism degree.