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McLaren Lapeer nurses union votes to authorize strike

McLaren Lapeer nurses have taken a vote to authorize a strike. The news came Tuesday night from the Michigan Nurses Association. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

LAPEER, Mich. – McLaren Lapeer nurses have taken a vote to authorize a strike.

The news came Tuesday night from the Michigan Nurses Association.

The union says they have been in negotiations with McLaren for 15 months in an attempt to get an increase in staffing levels.

According to the nurses, staffing levels at McLaren hospital are low and present a danger to patients.

“We are not going to sit by quietly and let the quality of care erode, especially when we are asked to continually work short-staffed. Nurses take the decision to strike very seriously, and we will do whatever it takes to protect our practice and the community that we serve,” said Tom Hall, RN and president of the McLaren Lapeer RN Staff Council/MNA.

Voting closed at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

While the vote gives the elected bargaining team the power to authorize a strike, no strike has yet been set.

McLaren has not yet responded to the vote.

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