OSF St. Francis nurses ratify 3-year contract after months of negotiations

ESCANABA, Mich. (WLUC) - By an overwhelming majority, nurses at OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba ratified a three-year contract Tuesday night. Nurses had been in contract negotiations since April 1.

“This is a fair contract that will be good for nurses, our patients, and our community,” said Sara Kofsky, RN and president of the local MNA union. “We believe that this will help us recruit and retain experienced nurses and make sure that patients always come first.”

In the ratified contract, all OSF St. Francis nurses were able to secure raises to bring up historically low salaries to be competitive with other hospitals in the area. Nurses had previously said that recruiting and retaining RNs was a key priority during the contract negotiations.

“Our community supported us every step of the way,” said Laura Vizineau, RN. Over 50 local businesses displayed signs in support of OSF nurses. “We are truly grateful.”

Over 130 nurses work at OSF St. Francis in Escanaba. The newly ratified contract takes effect immediately.