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Nurses
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cause hearing to rebut University ac-
cusations that the strike caused
"irreparable damage" to patients and
harm to both the community and to
the Hospital's referral services.
"The burden of proof is with us,"
said Harrison.
The court injunction also required
that the two sides meet and bargain
this week. After more than 20 hours
of bargaining on Tuesday and
Wednesday, hospital negotiators and
the nurses union were still at odds in
their labor dispute.
"The patients in the hospital
right now are well cared for. (But) we
are not allowed to take on more
patients," Harrison said, adding that
the "irreparable harm" clause refers to
patients who are waiting to come to
University Hospital and cannot be
admitted.
The nurses union went on strike
July 19 for two weeks and was forced
back to work on Monday by the
temporary restraining order. Their
contract with the University had
expired on May 30, but was renewed
on a week to week basis until July
7, when negotiations broke down and
the nurses gave strike notification.
On July 27, the 1700 members of
the UMPNC voted down the latest
contract offer from the University by
a margin of 3 to 1.
As of yesterday morning, the
hospital had 460 patients admitted.
Ninety-seven percent of the nurses
scheduled for the day shift had re-

ported for work, according to
Harrison.
One of the Council's strongest
objections to the proposed contract
involved the University's payment of
possible bonuses for mandatory
overtime. The UMPNC would like a
system of voluntary overtime, along
with greater control of staff schedul-
ing, and better recruitment and reten-
tion efforts from the University.
The University Hospitals have
been reluctant to discuss labor is-
sues, such as mandatory overtime,
with the nurses union, according to
spokespeople from the UMPNC.
"They do not want to address
those issues," said Hampton, "They
like it the way it is and they would
like it to stay that way. They think
things are just fine," he said.
Diane Waller, chief negotiator for
the Michigan Nurses Association
(UMPNC is a bargaining unit of
MNA), said that with bargaining
dates set by the court, the University
may be more willing to discuss
points of labor that they have been
reluctant to talk about before.
"I think now that the supervisors
have been working long hours (about
12 hours a day), they will be more
sympathetic to our feelings about
working long hours," she said.
The supervisors, composed of
head and assistant head nurses, do not
belong to the union and did not
strike.
Hampton added that some of the
nurses are still picketing outside the
hospital entrances "when they have
time to."

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