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

Members of the MNA-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, 2022. 

As of January 27, 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires all health care workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This Memorandum of Understanding implemented by Michigan Medicine explains how the policy applies to UMPNC members.