More than 500 registered nurses went on strike today at 288-bed Mount Clemens (Mich.) General Hospital, which hired replacements to do their work.
Contract talks deadlocked Sunday, hospital and union officials said, and about 540 nurses went on strike at 7 a.m. today.
The hospital brought in replacements from U.S. Nursing Corp. The nurses' union and hospital have agreed to resume talks Thursday afternoon, according to the union's Web site.
The nurses have been without a contract for five months. Contract issues include wages, paid time off, healthcare, pensions and staffing levels. They voted July 19 to authorize a strike.
Last month, the U.S. Department of Labor ordered the hospital to repay $907,247 in back wages to 2,083 employees. It said the hospital wrongly required employees to work a full 15 minutes extra to qualify for overtime.
The hospital reported it offered the nurses wage increases retroactive to February and said the nurses would have been among the best-paid in Michigan. A union representative countered that the proposals were modest.