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Workers continue to vote all week as bargaining continues between SEIU And Trinity

Muskegon, Michigan — Mercy hospital workers are working tirelessly to reach a contract agreement with Trinity Health, but say they are ready to take action if a contract agreement isn’t reached.

“All negotiating teams continue to bargain with Trinity, and we are working hard every day to reach an agreement. The single most important thing we can do is support our bargaining team with unity and action, and each one of us needs to do that. The fact that the bargaining is at an accelerated pace is a good signal for workers. However, we are ready to authorize an informational picket. Our community is supporting us now more than we have ever before, we feel it,” Mike Jura, RN at Trinity Health for over 2 years. 

The vote to picket is taking place from February 1st to February 4th, which allows for the 1800 SEIU Mercy hospital workers to have their voices heard. SEIU represents a variety of workers including nurses, lab techs, food service workers, environmental service workers, respiratory therapists, PCAs, and more. 

“As a healthcare worker and an active member of this community, we need a contract with competitive wages, safe staffing, and better working conditions. Everything we do is for the betterment of our patients and the health of our community. We are proud to stand together as frontline workers, ” said Darla Gallegos, Lab Technician at Trinity Health for over 30 years. 

The results of the vote will be released on Monday, February 7th.