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Hurley hospital nurses voting on strike authorization

nurses holding banner that says hurley won't bargain
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
Hurley's contract with the nurses expired last year.

Nurses and pharmacists at Flint’s Hurley medical center are voting today on a strike authorization.

The hospital and nurses' union have been at odds over a new contract since the old one expired last year. The hospital’s negotiating team sent the union their “last, best offer” in June.  

Union president Pamela Campbell says the vote will help decide the union’s next move.

“We felt the need to get a feel [about] what’s going on with our members, so we know where to go from here,” says Campbell. “Since we won’t have a contract, and we’re not in the process of negotiations.”

Results of the vote won’t be known until early September. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.