Sparrow nurses union files unfair labor practice charge against health system

LANSING – After months of acrimony surrounding unfruitful contract talks, Sparrow Hospital’s largest employee bargaining unit is asking federal arbiters to rule the hospital out of order.

The Michigan Nurses Association, which includes the Professional Employee Council of Sparrow Hospital, filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board Wednesday, claiming the hospital has repeatedly violated federal law.

Sparrow Healthcare staff and other supporters demonstrate outside Sparrow Hospital in Lansing afternoon, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021.

“We are completely fed up with the anti-union attitude Sparrow executives have taken,” local union official Jessica Lannon said in a news release. “They keep trying to silence the voices of caregivers. Sparrow’s administration has crossed the line too many times and must be held accountable.”

Lannon is grievance chair for PECSH-MNA, which represents about 2,200 workers across 53 job classifications, including nurses, pharmacists, laboratory scientists, social workers and therapists. The unit’s contract expired Oct. 30.

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