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Marquette – Nurses at a hospital in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula have voted to accept a new contract.

WLUC-TV reports the agreement with Duke LifePoint for nurses at UP Health System Marquette was reached following negotiations with the Michigan Nurses Association.

The union says the contract contains many improvements for nurses and patients, including language to ensure that nurses have a stronger voice in staffing decisions. The union says it includes wage increases and robust health insurance to help retain nurses.

Nurses had been working without a contract since last year. In October, they held a two-day strike.

The TV station says the contract is a four-year agreement that takes effect on June 1 for the about 375 registered nurses at UP Health System Marquette.

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