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UPHS – Marquette responded just after 8 a.m. today to the petition with the following statement:

“At UP Health System – Marquette, our people are our priority, and we are absolutely committed to delivering high-quality patient care and creating excellent workplaces for our employees. There is a nursing shortage across the United States. We’ve recognized this as an issue for the Upper Peninsula as well, and we continue to work on solutions. We are negotiating in good faith with the Michigan Nurses Association union to develop a contract that meets the needs of our nursing staff and hospital. Because we are in active negotiations with the union, and out of respect for the confidentiality of this process, we are unable to comment further.”

Contract talks between the hospital and the Registered Staff Nurses Council at UPHS-Marquette began in mid-April.

Friday, July 28, the Michigan Nurses Association released information to Local 3 News about nurses at UPHS-Marquette believing current staffing levels in the hospital are dangerous and pose a threat to safe patient care.

As members of the UPHS Marquette RN Staff Council/Michigan Nurses Association, nurses started a petition in early July calling for safer staffing at UPHS-Marquette, stating:

“I am signing this petition to urge Duke LifePoint/UPHS-Marquette to bargain with nurses for an agreement that ensures guaranteed minimum RN staffing levels that are safe for patients, in every department and on every shift.”

Nurses will share the results of the petition at the press conference Tuesday, speak about conditions in the hospital, and deliver the signatures to hospital management.

The press conference will begin at the RN Staff Council Office, 260 W Magnetic Street in Marquette.

It’s Tuesday, August 1 at 4 in the afternoon.

Local 3 spoke with two nurses who work at UPHS-Marquette this afternoon.  Hear more from them tonight on Local 3 News at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.