MNA Blog

Recent news and updates from the Minnesota Nurses Association.

MNA’s special month of online classes continues with some exciting guest instructors and new classes. Sign up for a class today!

Wednesday, October 21, 2:00 p.m.– 4:00 p.m.

Labor Education Specialist Kathy McQuillan will present STEWARD TRAINING: INVESTIGATORY MEETINGS, designed to prepare MNA stewards with the skills to represent their fellow members in disciplinary and investigatory meetings.

Wednesday, October 21, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Labor Education Specialist Kathy McQuillan will present STEWARD TRAINING: STEP-ONE GRIEVANCES to prepare stewards with the skills to manage the Step-One grievances at their facilities.

Thursday, October 22 and Friday, October 23, 9:00 a.m.
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Contact:  Rick Fuentes
(o) 651-414-2863
(c) 612-741-0662
rick.fuentes@mnnurses.org

Amber Smigiel
(o) 651-414-2849
(c) 651-202-0845
amber.smigiel@mnnurses.org

(St. Paul) – October 17, 2020 – MNA nurses will be delivering demands to the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners regarding MHealth Fairview’s plans to lease Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul to the county on Monday, October 19, at 4 p.m.

The proposal is part of the plans MHealth Fairview recently announced to close Bethesda hospital, the only COVID-19 specialty hospital in the area, as well as critically necessary community clinics and other services at St.
… Read more about: MNA Nurses Will Deliver Demands to Ramsey County Board of Commissioners Regarding MHealth Fairview’s Plans for Bethesda Hospital  »

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By Sarah Simons, RN

Why in the world would I spend time phone banking? This is an honest question and one that I will try to answer from my perspective.

First, as a Union nurse, I am paid pretty well at my job, so I no longer have to work two or three jobs or find other ways to pinch pennies that are time-consuming. So, I actually have a little more discretionary time to do the things that I could literally not afford to do before.
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MNA Members, thank you for your service to your fellow members and communities. The work you do is essential to advancing the mission of the Minnesota Nurses Association and having a positive impact on the patients we serve.

As you know, working within our political system is a natural extension of our mission.  Through this work, we have been able to realize many of our priorities including

  • Fending off Right to Work legislation
  • Ratifying the contracts of our State of Minnesota nurse coworkers
  • Passing workplace violence legislation
  • Ensuring workers compensation coverage for nurses who contract COVID-19 at work
  • Defending our licensure standards by defeating the Interstate Nurse Licensure Compact
  • Passing the Safe Patient Handling Program statute requiring all health care facilities to have written patient handling policies to reduce workplace injuries

At this year’s House of Delegates, we will be considering a resolution (R1: Political Independence and Power for MNA) barring MNA from endorsing, supporting, or contributing money, labor, or support to candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties.
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Contact:  Rick Fuentes
(o) 651-414-2863
(c) 612-741-0662
rick.fuentes@mnnurses.org

Amber Smigiel
(o) 651-414-2849
(c) 651-202-0845
amber.smigiel@mnnurses.org

October 5, 2020 (St. Paul) – As COVID infections are on the rise, MHealth Fairview is closing the one COVID specialty hospital in the area as well as critically necessary community clinics and other services at St. Joseph’s hospital.  Shutting down clinics and restricting services does not improve access to healthcare. This is the epitome of healthcare injustice for both the community and the MHealth Fairview workforce.

MHealth Fairview has consistently attempted to hide their plans for healthcare in St.
… Read more about: MNA and SEIU Alarmed by Shortsighted Hospital Cuts to Bethesda and St. Joe’s  »