Rally at Hurley Medical Center over ongoing labor dispute
FLINT, Mich. - Nurses, pharmacists and supporters of Hurley Medical Center held a rally outside the hospital to raise concerns about the ongoing labor dispute and management's refusal to reach a fair and equitable contract.
The union filed new unfair labor practice charges against the hospital stating bad management oversight has led to loss of pay, staff shortages and poor working conditions.
"This is the community hospital and we need to take care of it, we need to take care of our patients. give us the resources we need to do our job, give us enough staff, give us a fair contract to attract more people to come here,” said RN Barbara Gill.
The contract covering more than one thousand members expired on June 30, 2016.
We reached out to Hurley about this rally and they offered the following statement:
After 18 months of RNRPh Union negotiations with no end in sight, Hurley Medical Center sought the assistance of the State-authorized process of fact finding. This was intended to help the parties move toward resolution. With the fact-finding report now finalized, there is a statutorily defined period of 60 days for the parties to use the progress created by the fact-finding process to work toward finalizing a contract. As always, Hurley remains committed to fairly compensating our outstanding nurses and pharmacists while ensuring the medical center remains a viable asset for this community.