Sparrow, nurses/healthcare professionals reach agreement

LANSING, Michigan - Sparrow Hospital and the union of nurses and health care professionals represented by the Michigan Nurses Association have announced a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract covering Sparrow's 2,100 professional employees. The agreement came following a meeting between Dennis Swan, President and CEO, and John Karebian, Executive Director of the Michigan Nurses Association.

The Agreement provides that Sparrow withdraw its lockout notice and the union cancels the strike scheduled for Monday, November 22, 2010.

"We're pleased that we have an agreement. Everyone came together in the interest of the hospital, the associates and the community," said MNA/PECSH president Jeff Breslin, RN. "The negotiating team is prepared to unanimously recommend the agreement to our members for ratification."

The tentative agreement includes increased nurse staffing levels, a modest increase in wages, and an agreement to changes in the health and retirement programs. Details of the contract agreement will be shared with PECSH/MNA members in the near future. The agreement still must be ratified by the nurses and health care professionals.

"We want to assure our patients, their families and our region that Sparrow's dedicated Associates will continue to provide quality, compassionate patient care serving the needs of our patients 24./7/365," Swan said.