Nurse’s strike reaches scheduled halfway point
UPHS–Marquette Nurses remained on strike throughout the night into Friday morning.
The hospital has hired temporary nurses. A job posting offered the nurses $65.00 to $70.00 an hour which the hospital’s current nurses say is more than double what they make. The post also states the replacement nurses would be needed for at least five days.
The temporary nurses were escorted into UPHS–Marquette around 6:00 a.m. Friday.
Security is still high at the hospital. The hospital says it is still open and fully operating, but with reduced entrances.
Local community members and businesses have stopped by to drop off food, beverages, and more. According to Janie Klamerus, an RN, a California resident who is originally from the U.P. area., decided to call in with his credit card number to purchase coffee, donuts, and muffins for the group.
Various cars have also showed their support when driving down College Avenue, by honking their horns and cheering on the nurses on strike.
The two day strike is set to end Saturday morning at 6:59 a.m. There is no word on when negotiations will resume.
TV6 will have live coverage Saturday morning when the strike is scheduled to end.