UPHS-Marquette nurse bargaining continues with federal mediator

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - One week away from a strike, contract bargaining continues Thursday afternoon between UPHS-Marquette administration and nurses.

A spokesperson for the Michigan Nurses Association and a spokesperson from UPHS-Marquette both say a federal mediator is involved in discussions. Two additional bargaining sessions are scheduled beyond Thursday afternoon before the scheduled strike on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7 a.m. until Saturday, Oct. 7 at 6:59 a.m.

UPHS-Marquette is using HealthSource Global to recruit Michigan licensed registered nurses in all specialties if some or all of the hospital's 400 RNs strike next week.

Nurses have been in contract negotiations with Duke LifePoint since April 18. A two-month extension expired on July 28, and RNs have been working without a contract since. Nurses say they have been dealing with unsafe staffing levels.

TV6, FOX UP and UpperMichigansSource.com will continue to follow this story. Watch your TV6 Early News tonight for a live report. Read more about this week's developments in the related links section of this story.

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