Throughout the Michigan Medicine and UMPNC negotiations beginning in January 2018, routine updates will be posted about discussion topics and bargaining activities.
Update posted 2/16/18
Concerns about sexual harassment
This week’s bargaining sessions focused on topics that are important to all of us to maintain a safe environment for our patients and employees: sexual harassment and inappropriate behaviors in the workplace, concerns of retaliation and the process for raising concerns. The bargaining teams discussed their specific concerns, and potential options that would discourage inappropriate interactions between employees. Examples of some options discussed include training to recognize inappropriate behaviors, raising awareness of nurses’ rights and how to raise concerns, mechanisms to keep nurses informed about the status of their complaints, and developing victim advocacy and resource groups within nursing. Representatives from OIE, Human Resources, and the Employee Assistance Program attended some of Monday’s session to discuss the University’s current policies to address harassment. The Office of Clinical Affairs and Faculty Affairs will also be invited to participate in next week’s session to discuss their process for handling complaints of sexual harassment. Because this is a very important topic that warrants focused time and attention, the bargaining teams will continue to discuss outstanding issues at a future time during negotiations.
Update posted 2/9/2018
Initial negotiation issues
This week’s bargaining sessions began with discussions about how the bargaining teams would frame their issues in terms of specificity and detail in order to best facilitate the interest-based problem solving process. After exchanging bargaining issues, the discussion focused on which issues to negotiate first. The first issue to be discussed next week will be how nurses can effectively raise concerns of sexual harassment or other inappropriate behaviors. The bargaining teams will also discuss nurses with Masters, PhD, and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees in conjunction with changes to the model of care in the Professional Development Framework. The Professional Development Framework provides employees whose primary role is in direct patient care with an opportunity to advance within a compensation model based on evidence that they have met behaviors contained in the domains of nursing practice. For these two topics, the bargaining teams have agreed to invite subject matter experts to share with the group their insights on process and other considerations that may inform negotiations.
Update posted 2/2/18
Ground rules set and issues identified
In this week’s negotiation sessions, the bargaining groups finalized the ground rules and meeting protocols that will guide the discussions throughout the bargaining process. They also began the process of exchanging issues to be discussed in the coming months, and clarified the specific concerns under each issue. Identifying the focal points for each issue provides the framing for future problem solving discussions.
Update posted 1/26/18
Interest-based training kicks off nursing negotiations
The two negotiation teams kicked off the process by participating in interest-based bargaining training over the course of three days. The primary tenet of interest-based bargaining is to share issues, identify similar interests and negotiate a mutually beneficial outcome. During this training, the group discussed ground rules for engagement and agreed upon the negotiation process. To facilitate this discussion, the group also used teambuilding activities and bargaining exercises to build a better understanding of effective interest-based negotiation processes and skills. The group also discussed and agreed upon ground rules for engagement throughout the negotiation process.