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MARQUETTE — The Michigan Nurses Association and UP Health System-Marquette announced Friday in a joint news release that they have ratified the first union contract for the hospital’s technical staff.

The contract between the MNA and the UPHS took effect immediately on Friday, and the agreement, which covers around 180 healthcare professionals, will remain in effect for three years.

“We’ve worked hard to ensure the contract provides a solid framework to hire and retain the skilled healthcare professionals our hospital needs.” said Katlyn Lafrinere, a leading cardiovascular technologist and president of the Marquette Ancillary Staff and Technologists. “We also now have a structure to discuss patient care issues and have meaningful collaboration with management to address them. Our top priority is to ensure our patients receive the best possible care.”

The contract includes a salary structure designed to attract and retain healthcare professionals while rewarding experience. The contract also provides for a working committee that meets monthly to discuss matters affecting both parties.

“Our technical staff play an incredibly important role in the delivery of healthcare at our hospital, so we couldn’t be happier to have reached an agreement that meets the shared needs of our staff, the hospital and the community.” said Gar Atchison, chief executive officer of UPHS-Marquette. “We take our role as one of the region’s top employers seriously and have worked with the MNA throughout this negotiation process, as we did with our registered nurses earlier this year, to quickly reach an agreement that demonstrates our ongoing commitment to creating a great place to work for our employees and providing the highest quality care to our patients.”

The Michigan Nurses Association is the largest union representing nurses and healthcare providers in the state, representing the approximately 300 registered nurses employed by UPHS-Marquette. The nurses ratified their own three-year contract in June.

“Nurses and support staff work hand-in-hand to make a difference for our patients every day, and our contracts protect that voice.” said Stephanie DePetro, RN, President of the MGH RN Staff Council and Vice President of the Michigan Nurses Association Board of Directors. “As our colleagues move forward in protecting and strengthening their first contract, we are with them every step of the way to continue working together to make our hospital the best it can be for our community.”

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