McLaren Lapeer Region nurses to hold informational picket

Nurses at one mid-Michigan hospital spent Wednesday evening preparing to walk the picket line Thursday. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

LAPEER, Mich. – Nurses at one mid-Michigan hospital spent Wednesday evening preparing to walk the picket line Thursday.

For them it's not about money or benefits.

It’s all about staffing.

They claim the hospital isn't giving them the nurses they need to properly care for patients.

Nurses with McLaren Lapeer Region union gathered tonight to talk strategy and make signs for their informational picket.

The union president says the union has had 34 bargaining sessions with hospital management over a new contract for the past year.

Union president Tom Hall tells us the hospital is not providing them enough nurses to take care of patients.

"It’s important to get the information out to the public that our nurses feel patient safety is threatened and that everyone is being taken care of,” said Hall.

The picket takes place Thursday in Lapeer at Crampton Park from 4:30 to 6p.m.

We have reached out to a spokesperson at McLaren Lapeer Region for their side of the story. Here is the statement:

"Lapeer Region is currently negotiating with the McLaren Lapeer Region nurses affiliated with the Michigan Nurses Association to establish a contract that is beneficial to both parties. Our hospital leadership and physicians are always focused on patient safety, and the bargaining process has not compromised that focus.

McLaren Lapeer Region staffs nurses according to our current contract with our nursing union members, which outlines staffing levels based on patient volume. We continue to provide safe, compassionate, high quality care to our patients as the centerpiece of our commitment to a healthier community.

The nursing union has chosen to conduct an informational picket, which is within their rights. During this time, our focus will continue to be serving the patients who come to our hospital and entrust us with their care.

We are confident that we will reach a mutually agreeable contract in the very near future."

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