Possible Strike at Sparrow Hospital

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

Sparrow Hospital and the union which represents 2,100 associates including 1,600 nurses, have been in contract negotiations since August 19th.

Sunday night, a final offer was proposed.

According to Sparrow, management has agreed to staffing increases which the union had been calling for, as well as wage increases for members of up to 3.9 percent over the next three years. They also offered to pay 100 percent of a defined benefit pension plan for employees.

But the nurses union is not pleased to say the least, on Monday they released a statement saying they are very disappointed because staffing levels were left unresolved.

"The employer has offered increases in some areas, but there are no guarantees they will stay there which is the problem we had with the last contract," MNA President Jeff Breslin said.

A union source told News Ten the hospital is asking members to contribute more of their pay into their health care costs, and overall it equals concessions they're not willing to make.

"A lot of our members are concerned and that's why we are having informational meetings," Breslin said.

Union members spent all of Wednesday and Thursday voting on this contract. The president of the MNA said leadership has told members they do not recommend this contract.

Sparrow said via email they believe this contract is a good compromise for three reasons: first it increases staffing to national benchmarks -- they believe the wage increases are fair, and they still believe it's offering excellent health benefits to employees.


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