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UPHS Marquette RNs Close 48-Hour Strike
Nurses return to work as scheduled and call on Duke LifePoint to ensure safe staffing
(Marquette, MI) Nurses employed by UPHS-Marquette, a Duke LifePoint hospital, concluded a 48-hour strike on Saturday at 7AM. At issue is the hospital’s refusal to guarantee minimum nurse staffing levels at all times to protect patient safety.
“From the beginning, management has failed to plan for and ensure long-term, consistent RN safe staffing. Patients deserve better,” said Scott Balko, Operating Room RN and President of the UPHS Marquette RN Staff Council/MNA.
“We are humbled and energized by all of the community support. Nurses thank everyone who helped on picket line or cheered us on from afar,” said Chris Sorelle, Emergency Room nurse and member of the bargaining team. “We will use that momentum to continue advocating for quality care and a safer nursing practice.”
Marquette nurses showed up ready to work at 7AM on Saturday, consistent with their strike notification and with instructions from management to nurses. Yet, Duke LifePoint turned away local nurses in favor of travel nurses.
“Nurses who live here are invested in good patient outcomes because we are caring for our friends and families,” said Stephanie DePetro, Certified Operating Room nurse and Chief Grievance Steward of the UPHS Marquette RN Staff Council/MNA. “Shame on Duke LifePoint for undermining that healing human connection in an attempt to protect their profits.”
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