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MARQUETTE — The 48 hour UP Health System-Marquette nurses strike came to an end over the weekend, but the fight for safe staffing levels is far from over.
After picketing the streets surrounding the hospital for 48 hours straight, nurses say they were excited to get back to their patients Saturday morning.
Tammy Sustarich, an R.N. at UPHS, explained, “Nurses attempted to go into work Saturday morning to find the doors not opening. Our strike ended at 6:59 a.m. So then we took that moment, put down our signs, and we walked away.”
According to a statement released by the hospital on Friday – in order to receive enough temporary staff, they had to agree to 5 days of work for those temporary nurses. That agreement ends today, and nurses are scheduled to head back to work tomorrow.
Sustarich added, “I am fully expecting to return to work tomorrow. We have attempted to report to work over the weekend. Tomorrow morning, I personally am scheduled to work and I’m looking forward to going in and taking care of my patients.”
Nurses are continuing their strides for new contract agreements, and are asking locals to continue supporting their efforts.
“Here at our headquarters, we have some signs that community members can pick up to post in their windows. We’re also hoping that the local businesses will also display them in their windows,” Sustarich shared.
You can pick up signs at the Michigan Nurses Association headquarters, at 260 West Magnetic Street in Marquette.