GRAND BLANC — Teamsters Local 332 members began voting on a tentative contract agreement Tuesday.
Union President Nina Bugbee said Teamster officials and Genesys sat down at 9 a.m. on June 6 to continue negotiations on a new contract for the 1,100 registered nurses at Genesys and went non-stop until 3:30 p.m. on June 7 when a tentative agreement was reached.
“It was a lot,” Bugbee said. “We have a full recommendation from our entire team for approval. It’s good contract and the best contract that we can get. I really do feel real- ly good about it. Its a reasonable contract during these difficult times.”
Details on the contract were not being released as of press time. The Grand Blanc View was denied access to the Teamsters meeting on Tuesday.
Genesys, deferring all comments on the negotiation process to its website The Source, released a brief statement on the tentative agreement.
“Senior leadership at Genesys expresses appreciation to both bargaining teams for working diligently to reach this agreement,” Genesys officials wrote.
Negotiations between the bargaining units began back in February. At the time, Bugbee said she was concerned with how negotiations would proceed after Genesys CEO Elizabeth Aderholdt mailed letters to community members warning them of possible “unpleasant messaging” during the negotiations.
In her letter to the community, Aderholdt also directed residents to Genesys’ The Source for updates on the contract talks. To counter Genesys’ website, Teamster then launched their own website, www.genesysnurses.com.
In May, both parties agreed to extend the nurses current contract to July 9 to allow negotiations to continue.
Presentations of the new contracts and ratification votes began at 4 p.m Bugbee said she expects to results to be official Friday.