Members of the Professional Employee Council of Sparrow Hospital – Michigan Nurses Association (MNA), the union that represents 2,300 Sparrow Hospital caregivers, have approved a new three-year labor contract with Sparrow Hospital. Voting took place Thursday and Friday and newly released results show approval.
“We are pleased to have secured a new long-term contract covering our hardworking and dedicated caregivers,” said Amy Brown, Sparrow Hospital Chief Nursing Officer. “We are grateful to all of our caregivers for continuing to put our patients and the community first by delivering outstanding care during these unprecedented times.”
Negotiations for a new contract began on July 28, 2021, and both sides participated in 29 bargaining sessions. The terms of the new labor agreement include:
· Continuing to provide Sparrow Hospital caregivers with above-market pay.
· Providing Sparrow caregivers with some of the best healthcare benefits in Michigan.
· Maintaining Sparrow’s staffing guidelines, which are already in line with or better than other Michigan hospitals, helping ensure our patients receive the best possible care.
· Continuing to focus on the safety of our caregivers as a priority.
We will build on the momentum that began prior to these negotiations to recruit and retain top talent across our units; continue supplying our caregivers with all necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep them safe; offer competitive wages and benefits; and implement attendance and staffing policies to ensure our caregivers and patients receive the support they deserve.
As the region’s only community-owned, community-based, community-governed health system, we will maintain our mission of protecting Mid-Michigan during the worst health crisis of our lifetime.