MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) Up Health System-Marquette is looking for licensed registered nurses to work if current nurses strike next month.
UPHS is using Healthsource Global to recruit Michigan licensed RN’s in all specialties.
In a statement, UPHS marketing director Victor Harrington said,
“We continue to negotiate in good faith with the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) and, in fact, have three scheduled bargaining meetings with the MNA prior to the intended strike date. However, should the strike occur, UPHS - Marquette is fully prepared to handle it and ensure that there is no interruption in care for our patients and community members.
We are currently securing fully-qualified, temporary nursing staff to replace those who go on strike, with the assistance of a nationally-respected staffing agency. At this time, we do not know how many nurses plan to participate in the strike. Approximately 400 of our nursing staff are members of the MNA; however, less than half are scheduled to work on any given day.
We have multiple redundancies in place to help ensure that employees and physicians have the support they need, and that our patients and families continue to feel confident of the care they receive here at our hospital.
As always, delivering quality care and services to our patients remains our primary focus, and we will not allow anything to stand in the way of providing the best for our community.”
Pay rates are $65-$70 an hour, depending on specialties. HSG also pays for housing and airfare or mileage reimbursement.
Scott Balko, RN and President of the UPHS-Marquette RN Staff Council/Michigan Nurses Assocation responded to the job posting in a statement.
"These wages are more than double what UPHS Marquette nurses earn," Balko said. "It is appalling that Duke Lifepoint would invest that money in temporary help and not in its staff, and its ability to care for the patients at its own hospital."
Last Friday, UPHS-Marquette nurses scheduled a strike from Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7:00 a.m. until Saturday, Oct. 7 at 6:59 a.m.