Nurses to march: 200 expected to rally before University of Michigan regents meeting
Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com
About 200 University of Michigan nurses are expected to march today in advance of today's U-M Board of Regents meeting.
The march comes in the midst of an ongoing contract dispute between the nurses and their employer. The two sides have been negotiating for a new contract since April; disputes have involved areas such as benefits and raises. Differences remain despite the use of a state mediator who has been working since August to help bring the two sides closer together. The 4,000-member nurses union has been working without a contract since July.
The nurses, community supporters and students will march from the Michigan Union to the Fleming Administration Building at 2:30 p.m. The protesters will carry banners with thousands of signatures of support, according to a news release.
Several nurses will address the regents and U-M President Mary Sue Coleman at today’s regents meeting at 3 p.m..
The two sides last sat down to negotiate Sept. 13; bargaining will resume on Sept. 21, according to information on the nurses union website.