contracts http://michiganradio.org en Keeping An Eye On Chrysler http://michiganradio.org/post/keeping-eye-chrysler <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">There was a fair amount of anxiety in automotive circles over the new contracts hammered out between the United Auto Workers union and Ford and General Motors. GM remains the largest Detroit automaker, and this was the first post-bankruptcy contract.</font></font></font></font></p> Fri, 21 Oct 2011 13:53:42 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 4659 at http://michiganradio.org Keeping An Eye On Chrysler CMU contract talks may delay school year http://michiganradio.org/post/cmu-contract-talks-may-delay-school-year <p>Classes at <a href="http://www.cmich.edu/x22.xml">Central Michigan University</a> may be delayed because of contract disputes between the faculty union and administration. Without a contract, faculty may not show for class August 22. The two groups are at a standstill on a number of issues including salary increases, health care or who is allowed to be a union member.</p><p>Tim Connors is the former president of the faculty union at the university. He says the union is ready to get back to the table.</p> Wed, 10 Aug 2011 15:41:47 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3682 at http://michiganradio.org CMU contract talks may delay school year University of Michigan nurses voice frustration over contracts http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-nurses-voice-frustration-over-contracts <p>University of Michigan nurses say the quality of patient care will suffer if they can&rsquo;t reach an agreement in contract talks with management. Some nurses say they will leave their jobs. The two sides are debating financial issues including pay increases, health insurance and benefits in contract talks that resume today (Wednesday). The union representatives have added to an existing complaint with the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder/0,1607,7-277-57738_57679_57726-249954--,00.html">Michigan Employment Relations Commission</a> charging management with bad faith bargaining and making one-sided changes to some nurses&rsquo; working conditions. The union says the university made an assignment change without consulting them first.</p><p>Jeff Breslin is President of the <a href="http://www.minurses.org/">Michigan Nurses Association</a>. He says one of the key issues in hospitals is retaining staff.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;You get the expertise &ndash; you have nurses that can walk into a situation , assess it and know what needs to be done at the drop of a hat where new nurses &ndash; they will get to that point but they need the skill, they need the experience and they need the expertise from the people who have been there to pass that on to them,&quot; Breslin said.</p></blockquote><p>The university health system said in a <a href="http://www.uofmhealth.org/news/nurse-negotiation-0802">release</a> they do not agree patient care will be affected with the new contract.</p><p><em>- Amelia Carpenter - Michigan Radio Newsroom Tue, 02 Aug 2011 20:13:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3580 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan nurses voice frustration over contracts