The following message was forwarded to us:


So, everything going on with the hospital lately has just made me sick inside!! I finally couldn’t take it anymore and I knew I had to contact someone, ANYONE, from DLP and tell them directly how I felt about what was happening. I didn’t want to send an email or write a letter than can easily be disregarded I wanted to speak to a real person. I found the Ethics and Compliance Hotline for DLP and called – the lady I spoke to actually sounded shocked herself when I told her what was happening!! They are there 24/7 and anyone can call and file a formal complaint that is forwarded to corporate; the more community members that call and continue to have their voices heard WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE the number is 1-877-508-LIFE.


Please come out in a community show of support

Sunday October 8th, Noon to 4pm

College Ave near the parking ramp.
At 7am today our local Marquette nurses were denied access to return to their jobs and their patients. Our community needs to let Duke LifePoint know they are accountable to the entire community for their actions.

Support the Nurses

USW Members, Family and Friends

Come walk with the Nurses in Solidarity

Let’s show Duke LifePoint how we USW Members Support our Local Nurses

Currently the UPHS Nurses of the MNA Union are slated to strike Duke LifePoint on Thursday Oct. 5th and Friday Oct. 6th.

The Nurses have additional bargaining dates and mediation scheduled before Oct. 5th.

The Nurses have been in contract negotiations with Duke LifePoint since April 18. A two-month extension expired on July 28, and RNs have been working without a contract since. These Nurses have been dealing with unsafe staffing levels.

Now is the time for Duke LifePoint to do the right thing for patients – guarantee safe RN staffing levels and a hospital environment that will attract and retain nurses for years to come.

We will post additional information as it becomes available

Nurses are required by law to give the hospital 10 days’ notice before striking.

Nurses of the Duke LifePoint UPHS are Union members of the Michigan Nurses Association – MNA


We’re talking labor here. Nurses are the new miners. Stand with them! Forced 16 hour shifts is dangerous on many levels for all involved. For profit everything is not the correct way to go. Everything leads back to labor, EVERYTHING! In this system.



Great turnout for those who fought for what we got! Lots of spirit here, God bless ’em, eh! They have been through a lot of troubles and sown many seeds on many different issues to earn the comfortable life we now reap. Much respect!

Insurance Updates:

Once your healthcare terminates you will be eligible to continue your medical, RX, dental and vision coverage for an addition 18 months at your own expense.

A  COBRA packet  will automatically be mailed out to your home from ADP COBRA Services when your insurance terminates.


Cobra cost are as follows:


Medical & RX                                                                                2017 Monthly Rate

Employee Only                                                                              $   588.83

Employee + Family                                                                       $ 1648.71


Dental & Vision                                                                            2017 Monthly Rate

Employee Only                                                                              $  50.92

Employee + Family                                                                       $ 166.82



Sub Pay


If you have exhausted your unemployment benefits, are laid off, available for work and maintained an active registration with MI Works!

you are still entitled to sub. Please continue to turn in your completed sub pay form, (SUB Pay Information Sheet) and documentation to payroll.


By fax : 906.475.3472

By email:

By Mail: Cliffs Michigan Operations, P.O. Box 2000 Ishpeming MI 49849 Attn: Payroll

Please refer to your layoff letters for termination dates of insurance and brief COBRA information.  COBRA amounts and how to sign up will be coming in the information mailed to your home.

·         Medical/Rx/Dental/Vision Insurance will terminate on «Med_Term_Date». Employees with two to nine years of service will continue to have medical and dental/vision coverage for six months from the end of the month in which you last worked. Once your coverage terminates, you will be eligible to continue your medical and dental/vision coverage for an additional 18 months at your own expense. COBRA forms from ADP COBRA Services will be mailed to your home automatically when your insurance has been terminated.