MNA Blog (Page 2)

Recent news and updates from the Minnesota Nurses Association.

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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
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Lauren Nielsen
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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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sam.fettig@mnnurses.orgLauren Nielsen
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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  »

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Contact: Sam Fettig
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Lauren Nielsen
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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!  »

Hello fellow MNA members. My name is Peter, and I am a volunteer for MNA’s phonebanks.

What does that mean? I spend about three hours a week going down to the MNA office to make calls to other MNA members. I do this with several other nurses and our goal is to reach out to membership with an important message. Currently, that message is the importance of the upcoming midterm elections on November 8 and how it affects nursing. Most importantly, please get out there and vote!

Now that you know what I do, I have to be completely honest with you—it’s the last thing I ever thought I would be doing!
… Read more about: From rutabaga festivals to MNA phonebanks  »

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A delegation of nurses yesterday delivered an open letter to management and the community  

(Bismarck, ND) – October 18, 2022 – Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association at CHI St. Alexius Medical Center in Bismarck, North Dakota, delivered an open letter to management and the community yesterday, “sounding the alarm” on staffing at the hospital. Nurses’ message is clear – staffing in the ICU and throughout the hospital has reached critical levels. Nurses are being asked to do more with less to provide the care their patients expect and deserve.
… Read more about: Nurses at CHI St. Alexius ‘sound the alarm’ on staffing in open letter    »

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Contact: Sam Fettig
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sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Nielsen
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lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

Endorsed candidate, Liz Boldon, has pledged to work with nurses on key issues like the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act 

(St. Paul) – October 10, 2022 – Nurses of the Minnesota Nurses Association today endorsed their final legislative candidate for the 2022 elections, Liz Boldon for Senate District 25.

Nurses have endorsed Liz Boldon for SD 25 due to her record of supporting staffing legislation, like the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act, and her dedication to supporting union nurses.
… Read more about: Nurses endorse final candidate in 2022 legislative races  »