Over 5,000 university-employed nursing staff are represented by the University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council, an affiliate of the Michigan Nurses Association. This bargaining relationship began in 1976 and the UMPNC is the largest bargaining unit of the MNA. 

Members of the UMPNC play a critical role in the university's patient care mission. They receive competitive pay, a benefits package including health care and prescription drug coverage, a 2-to-1 match to their retirement savings plan, and tuition and professional development support.

The current UMPNC contract runs through June 30, 2021.