Duluth Bargaining (Page 6)

Update by Steve Strand, RN: Today was our second day of bargaining with SMDC. We greeted management with more nurses than they had ever seen before at bargaining!

To start things off, we were able to agree on some non controversial housekeeping issues. Following that, we presented our staffing proposals, which include:

  • Safe Nurse to Patient Ratios
  • Joint Development of a Staffing Plan between MNA and management that Incorporates Acuity and Nursing Intensity.
  • 10% Buffer Zone in critical care beds, non-critical care inpatient beds, and labor and delivery beds to admit ED and OB patients more efficiently.
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Duluth Bargaining Update from Kirsti Hendrickson, RN, Saint Luke’s Hospital, and Dolly Dahl, RN SMDC:

We entered our first bargaining meetings with management knowing that staffing and patient care is our number one issue. We also know that we have some catching up to do with our fellow MNA nurses in the Twin Cities on language that addresses staffing. Management proposed some things that weaken our contract when we know we need to gain ground. It is up to us now as Nurses in Duluth to show management we deserve a first-rate contract that enables us to have the nurses we need to provide the best care for our patients.
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