After 19 hours of negotiating, both sides adjourned at 6:00 a.m. Wednesday morning. The Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) represents the collective bargaining unit of healthcare employees.
The Executive Director for the MNA, Tom Bissonnette says he believes both parties made progress during Tuesday night's talks, but more needs to be resolved on key issues. Some of those issues include staffing, work assignments, retiree health savings accounts, and health insurance benefits.
They'll go back to the bargaining table this Saturday, where a state and federal mediator will again be present. The notice to strike date is set for December 6, at 7:00 a.m. if no agreement is reached before then.
A representative from Sparrow Hospital was unavailable for comment when the notice to strike was given Wednesday.