Minnesota Nurses Association votes to strike
MINNESOTA — The Minnesota Nurses Association voted to authorize a strike Monday night that includes nurses from the Twin Ports and Twin Cities.
The MNA says the strike will include around 15,000 nurses.
In a press release, the union said negotiations between the MP and hospital leaders had been ongoing since March and the nurses were not currently under contract.
“Hospital executives with million dollar salaries have created a retention and care crisis in our healthcare system as more and more nurses leave the bedside, jeopardizing the quality of care. patient care,” Mary C. Turner, registered nurse at North Memorial Hospital and president of the Nurses Association of Minnesota, said in the press release. “Nurses are not making this decision lightly, but we are determined to take a stand at the bargaining table, and on the sidewalk if necessary, to put patients before profits in our hospitals.
Now that the strike is authorized, hospitals will be given 10 days notice before it begins.
The MNA says that with 15,000 nurses, the strike “would be one of the largest nurses’ strikes in United States history, and would be the first time that nurses in Twin Cities and Twin Ports would take such a action together in contract negotiations”.
Strike permission came from nurses who work in 15 hospitals across seven hospital systems.
The authorization to strike follows the information picketing of MNA nurses held in June, which did not affect hospital staff since the nurses did not strike.
Essentia Health and St. Luke’s will send further statements later Tuesday.
Here’s what they sent to FOX21 last week about the negotiations:
Statement of Saint Luke:
“Mary Turner claimed [last Thursday] that the entire economic package of MNA is equivalent to a 30% increase. It’s wrong. At our bargaining table, MNA is demanding more than a 50% increase. On its own, the MNA’s wage demand is 36.5% over three years, or more than 12% increase per year. This means that the average nurse who currently earns $50/hour would earn $70/hour. We are committed to providing competitive compensation for all of our employees and a fair contract, but MNA’s demands are unreasonable.
Here’s how MNA’s salary request compares to other recent contracts:
City of Duluth employees: +8% over 3 years
Duluth teachers: +4.5% over 2 years
Minnesota Health Professionals Unit (includes MNA-represented nurses): +5% over 2 years
We have much more information about how St. Luke’s is a champion for nurses, provides quality care and is a good steward of community resources on our website: YourCareDestination.com.
Statement from Essentia Health:
“Essentia Health will continue to negotiate in good faith and is committed to reaching an agreement that benefits our nurses, provides expert and compassionate care to our patients and promotes the stewardship of our organization. Essentia offers salaries and benefits that help us stay competitive in the communities we are privileged to serve, and we continually explore innovative ways to improve the recruitment and professional development of our nurses. Essentia has a long history of reaching mutually acceptable agreements while avoiding work stoppages.