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15,000 nurses at 16 hospitals in the Twin Cities, Twin Ports, and Two Harbors voted yesterday to authorize an unfair labor practice strike

As many hospital CEOs continue to take multi-million-dollar salaries, executives continue to commit unfair labor practices and refuse solutions to address care and working conditions for nurses and patients 


WATCH: Watch video of nurses announcing their plans for an unfair labor practices strike

(St. Paul and Duluth) – December 1, 2022 – This morning, nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association announced that 15,000 nurses throughout the state plan to begin an unfair labor practice strike at 16 hospitals beginning December 11, 2022, as they fight for fair contracts to put patients before profits and to solve the crisis of care and working conditions in our hospitals.
… Read more about: 15,000 nurses across Minnesota to begin unfair labor practices strike December 11 as hospital CEOs refuse to settle fair contracts to put Patients Before Profits  »

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Nielsen
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

15,000 nurses in the Twin Cities, Twin Ports, and Two Harbors voted today to authorize a potential unfair labor practice strike

As many hospital CEOs continue to take significant raises on multi-million-dollar salaries, executives continue to commit unfair labor practices and refuse solutions to address care and working conditions at the bargaining table

Nurses with MNA will hold media availabilities in St. Paul and Duluth tomorrow morning to respond to vote results – details included below 

 
… Read more about: BREAKING: 15,000 nurses across Minnesota authorize unfair labor practices strike, hold media availabilities tomorrow   »

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Nielsen
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

Nurses at St. Luke’s Lake View facility have been working without a contract since September 30 as they seek solutions to address crisis of care, understaffing, and retention 

Nurses at Moose Lake have been working without a contract since Essentia purchased the facility in 2020 and executives refused to recognize nurses’ existing contract

Lake View, Moose Lake nurses will join 15,000 nurses in the Twin Cities and Twin Ports to vote to authorize potential unfair labor practices strike

(Two Harbors and Moose Lake) – November 28, 2022 – Nurses at St.
… Read more about: Two Harbors, Moose Lake nurses to join strike authorization vote on November 30  »

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Nielsen
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

15,000 Twin Cities and Twin Ports nurses will vote November 30 on whether to authorize an unfair labor practice strike

Nurses have been back at work for two months since historic three-day strike, but hospital executives continue to commit unfair labor practices and refuse solutions to address care and working conditions at the bargaining table

(St. Paul) – November 17, 2022 – Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) today announced that they will hold a vote on November 30, 2022 to authorize a potential second unfair labor practice strike in their fight to win fair contracts to put patients before profits.
… Read more about: Nurses to hold second strike authorization vote as hospital CEOs refuse to settle fair contracts to put Patients Before Profits   »

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Nielsen
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

15,000 Twin Cities and Twin Ports nurses have been back at work for two months since historic three-day strike

Hospital executives continue to commit unfair labor practices and refuse solutions to address care and working conditions at the bargaining table

  
… Read more about: TOMORROW: MNA nurses to announce next step in fight to win fair contracts that put Patients Before Profits   »

(St. Paul) – November 16, 2022 – Tomorrow, Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association will announce plans for the next step in their fight to win fair contracts to put patients before profits.

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.orgLauren Nielsen
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

Proposed merger would put combined corporate health giant under command of Sanford, which recently paid a $49.5 million golden parachute to CEO who spread disinformation
Announcement follows another proposed corporate merger between Essentia Health and Marshfield Clinic Health System 

(St. Paul) – November 15, 2022 – Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) today announced their opposition to the proposed merger of M Health Fairview and Sanford Health. The move would put control of the new healthcare conglomerate under the control of Sanford executive leadership in South Dakota, the health chain that recently paid out a $49.5 million golden parachute to their disgraced former CEO after he spread medical disinformation.
… Read more about: Threatened merger of Sanford, M Health Fairview would put corporate expansion ahead of patient care  »

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Nielsen
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

Last session, Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act won support of Governor Walz, House and Senate DFL caucuses 

(St. Paul) – November 9, 2022 – Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association today celebrated the electoral success of pro-nurse candidates who have pledged to put Patients Before Profits in our healthcare system. Nurse-endorsed candidates won big in races for statewide executive offices Tuesday – including the reelection of Governor Tim Walz and Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, and Attorney General Keith Ellison – and won key races for control of the Minnesota House and Senate.
… Read more about: Minnesota nurses celebrate pro-nurse majority at State Capitol    »

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Nielsen
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

Over a month since 15,000 nurses went on strike, hospital executives continue to refuse agreement on nurses’ top issues of safe staffing and retention to solve the crisis of care and working conditions in our hospitals  
… Read more about: TOMORROW: Hundreds of nurses to rally downtown, confront corporate healthcare executives in the fight for fair contracts to put patients before profits   »

(St. Paul) – November 1, 2022 – Tomorrow, Wednesday, November 2, 2022, hundreds of nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association and supporters will gather in downtown Minneapolis to confront executives who are pushing disastrous corporate healthcare policies in our hospitals that have created a crisis of care and working conditions at the bedside.

On the 20th anniversary of his death, we remember Senator Paul Wellstone as an ardent supporter of nurses, workers’ rights, and Minnesota communities. His activism for underserved communities and work as a legislator inspired a generation of Minnesotans to get involved in politics, many for the first time

He made such an impact that we began awarding the Paul & Sheila Wellstone Social Justice Award in 2003 to honor a nurse, elected official, or community leader who demonstrates a lifetime achievement of working to better the lives of others by increasing their access to quality healthcare. The recipient speaks out courageously and consistently for others as Paul and Sheila Wellstone did during his career in politics and community activism, and whose unwavering voice on behalf of those who have none is clear and undiminished by political tides.
… Read more about: Paul Wellstone’s MNA Legacy  »

by Rachel Hanneman, RN

Being a nurse these days is unrelenting. The expectation to multitask has long since been normalized as an expectation and, as family demands continue to mount, finding “extra” time for additional hobbies shrinks like your favorite jeans in the dryer.

Between working full time, parenting two young children with busy activities, and trying to maintain a work-life balance of personal needs, the request to volunteer seemed downright illogical to me. Asking me to commute to the MNA office to phone bank and be back in time to pick my kids up from the bus stop while spending money on gas?
… Read more about: Electing nurse-endorsed candidates—from the couch!  »