A new union means bargaining a new contract.
The teachers' union (AFT)-backed "independent" group has filed for an election as a NEW union.
Our current 45-year contract is between the Michigan Nurses Association and Michigan Medicine.
If the "independent" group wins, they would not be a party to this contract, and would have to bargain an entirely new one.
Want to hear from a different source?
Here is a neutral third-party source describing the process:
"...getting a new union is only half the battle. You will still have to negotiate a new contract..."
"Often it is easier to build on previous contract provisions than to build from the ground up."
Source: Association for Union Democracy
Promises can be broken.
The "independent" group has made a lot of promises, but how can we be sure they'll keep them? Hear from others who had to experience what it is like to not be part of a strong nurses' union and instead be tied to the American Federation of Teachers.
"As a lifetime member of MNA (I’ve been an RN since 1978), we recently merged with another campus with another union. So many promises and propaganda (lies) were circulated during a time period before we had an actual vote of which Union would represent us.
I have lost my representation from MNA. I have lost benefits important for my retirement. I also earn less PTO per hours worked.
I would think long and hard before leaving MNA and being represented by a new union that is not a professional nurses association. I will probably never again have a union as good as MNA in my career and I would do anything to have this level of caring and having my back again.”
- Lori Lackey, RN
"When I was part of MNA, I felt like I had a voice and that my opinion mattered. I knew I had people backing me 100%. I knew how to contact a union rep if I ever needed one.
I am no longer part of MNA due to circumstances out of my control. I miss it very much. The vast majority of my coworkers voted to keep MNA, but the other campus just had a few more votes than we did. We all deeply regret what we lost when we lost our MNA contract when MNA was decertified as our union.
I now have no idea who any union reps are. I have no idea what they are even doing for us as union nurses. I do not feel a part of anything and I do not feel supported.
- Tara Frees, RN
There is no proof that our contract will be safe.
The "independent" group has claimed that an email from Nancy May and a video clip from a court session are "proof" that our contract is not in jeopardy, but they are twisting the facts.
The Nancy May email was in response to disaffiliation, not decertification. The employer has put out NO communications guaranteeing they will negotiate the same contract with the Independent Union since the Independent group filed with MERC. To do so would be a lie that is so egregious it would likely be a violation of state labor law.
Rather than taking the video out of context, if you watch the previous section, you will see they are discussing something else entirely. The request for an injunction (which was definitively denied) was to reinstate the former officers while keeping MNA as your union. This means that of course the contract would have stayed in effect until June 30 of 2021.
This is significant because in the discussion there was no doubt that the bargaining representative would remain as MNA, so of course the contract would stay in effect. If MNA is no longer the bargaining representative, which is what this election is deciding, the situation becomes completely different. To give you an extent of how extremely inaccurate their claims are, they seem to miss the basic legal fact that lawyers are advocates and not witnesses and therefore cannot commit perjury.
No aspect of what they are claiming as "proof" proves anything other than what MNA has been saying the whole time -- the only way to keep your contract safe is to vote for your union of 45 years, MNA-UMPNC.