Union Rejects Sparrow Hospital Offer

By: News 10
By: News 10

The union representing hundreds of nurses and other health providers at Sparrow have said no to the hospital's latest contract offer.

Sources tell WILX.com that the hospital appears ready to lock out the union employees.

The union has set a strike deadline for Monday.

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  • by saddened rn Location: Lansing on Nov 18, 2010 at 06:26 PM
    MNA members need to realize that we can exit out the door in which we came 5,10,15, or even 40 years ago! My stomach has been in knots for 2 weeks watching this unfold before my eyes while I try to work. This big, bad giant Sparrow Hospital has reliably provided my family with a paycheck every 2 weeks for several years now. Not to mention covered us with a nice insurance policy that used to cost us well over $1000/mo. when we had to purchase on our own! I have worked elsewhere and the grass is not always greener...you are all free to seek employment elsewhere. Wait-did I hear you say you can't afford that kind of pay cut because the hospital pay is so much higher? I think I've heard that from my own lips before. With more stress & responsibility comes the bigger paycheck I guess. I think Dennis Swan, et.al are on track to keep us all employed for MANY years to come. Sparrow didn't become a powerhouse by mismanaging their money & driving into bankruptcy and a taxpayer bailout!
  • by dan on Nov 18, 2010 at 09:22 AM
    This has gotta suck for Sparrow Management and their PR dept.... being exposed and not knowing what to do. lol... Americans are waking up to the greed and profits companies are making. The only thing they can think to do is act like cavemen and make threats to their employees.
  • by non anonymous on Nov 18, 2010 at 09:15 AM
    @ Anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 at 11:31 AM Excellent.. Excellent post :) You hit the nail on the head. In this day and age, the scum rises to the top. Who would want to be associated with a group that exploits people. I would wear a paper bag over my head.
  • by me continued on Nov 18, 2010 at 07:32 AM
    When a nonprofit organization suffers losses, then requesting employees to make sacrifices in pay, benefits and retirement is legitimate and warranted. This is not the situation for Sparrow Hospital. Offering less and asking more from your nurses when the organization has been very successful and profitable is shameful. Even more so when you are using Michigan's poor economy to hide behind and find empathy and support from the public. Telling the GREAT nurses of Sparrow Hospital, The Golden Standard of Nursing Care, your MAGNET nurses to take less and just be grateful they have a job is wrong on so many levels. Why? just because you think you can. It's convenient to hide behind the economy to make unneccessary cuts and request additional contributions from your nurses to pad your pockets. Sparrow has found what they think is an opportunity and are taking it. Nurses do not want to strike but what other leverage do they have to fight the GIANT!
  • by me on Nov 18, 2010 at 06:50 AM
    Response to Ann. Shameful is Sparrows offer. Employees were not asking for more money, just no cuts in the previous 3 year contract.(no more, no less) However nurses are asking for MORE staff and a commitment to this. Why a commitment? Because we all know how things are promised until contracts are agreed upon. Promises are not followed through by administration because strategic loop holes were placed in the contract language either as a spin on words or recognizing an area were they can "rob Peter to pay Paul" you name it! Corporations are masters at it! Nurses realize the economy sucks! The majority of Sparrows nurses have been touched by it on a personal level. Their spouse or other loved one is unemployed and out of unemployment benefits. They find theirselves pulling together what available resources they have to feed and care for additional family members. Now they are being asked to settle for cuts in pensions and to pay more money for benefits and willing to take AA's.
  • by J Location: Lansing on Nov 17, 2010 at 01:31 PM
    This country needs to wake up! The big cats get fatter and the middle class continues to get dumped on. Sparrow had a net profit of 41 million last year. The professionals who work there made that for them. Mr. Swan made over 900,000 dollars and never took care of a patient. The hardworking staff is not asking for more money but more staff to adequately take care of the community. As for Murray...new nurses cannot get jobs at Sparrow because when positions are left they are not reposted! And that is what this fight is for. We want the community to be safe and have proper care when they come to the hospital. The care they deserve and the care they pay for. One should not die because their is not enough staff.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 17, 2010 at 08:31 AM
    WOW people. The union is working for the little people. You know the ones that are really taking a hit in this economy. Middle class america is paying for all the greed in this world. We will go away. Nurses are working harder than ever to give the care needed. They do not have health insurance after retirement and now Sparrow wants to take away a lot of their pension. This is happening all over this country. Someone has to stand up to the Giant. If middle class goes away were no better than a third world country. And we will be farming cows for the rich and taking care of the rich in the hospitals. Not the poor. WAKE UP AMERICA.
  • by Kim on Nov 17, 2010 at 04:47 AM
    Anonymous from Lansing is right. The NNU is using all the nurses for not just monetary gain but political gain. I feel bad for the nurses that just want to go to work and do their jobs and not be ruled by the unions. It's sad! Also, to the people that don't understand where Sparrow is going to get all the replacements from - Sparrow is working with companies that provide staffing when nurses go on strike. That's all these companies do. So, there will be replacements for everyone. How smooth that transition will be of course is another story. But you can be assured the nurses and the others that are a part of that union will be replaced. I think it's high time union workers stand up to these union bosses! Good luck!
  • by Gus Location: Lansing area on Nov 17, 2010 at 03:45 AM
    Anonymous, you are so on the mark. The Union higher ups are hiding their true agenda. Unions have gotten into bed with the administrations for some time now and not just this union. All of the unions have been selling out lately to their members. Take a look at what other unions have conceded to and really do your home work. There is enough info out there to educate yourselves.
  • by Cathy Location: Lansing on Nov 16, 2010 at 11:54 PM
    Sparrow is banking on the public believing they are offering a "generous package". Don't believe their deceiving numbers. It it were really true the staff would be jumping all over this great deal just like you would. The nurses care about staffing the most. After 3 years of working shorter and shorter staffed and patients suffering, we are standing united for our patients! If you or your family member become a patient in this hospital, trust me, you want your pain medication or heart medication delivered on time. If you condition takes a turn for the worse, you want there to be enough staff in place to respond in a timely manner. Lives depend on this. We are fighting for you!
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