Nurses Strike

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WATCH: MNA Press Conference on Final Day of Strike

(St. Paul and Duluth) – September 15, 2022 – Today, 15,000 nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) returned to work after their historic three-day strike, believed to be the largest private-sector nurses’ strike in United States history. Throughout the strike at 15 hospitals in the Twin Cities and Twin Ports, an overwhelming number of nurses walked the picket line at each hospital, joined by patients, fellow workers, elected officials, and other community supporters.
… Read more about: 15,000 nurses determined to win a fair contract to put patients before profits after historic strike    »

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Contact: Lauren Nielsen
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Sam Fettig
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(Duluth) – September 9, 2022 – This Sunday, September 11, 2022, Twin Ports nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association will gather with community supporters ahead of their historic strike which is set to begin Monday. At the community gathering on Sunday, nurses and supporters will hear from special guests including Minnesota AFL-CIO President Bernie Burnham. Nurses will share an update on negotiations and how members of the public can stand with nurses in their fight for fair contracts to improve patient care and working conditions at the bedside.
… Read more about: Twin Ports nurses to gather with community supporters ahead of historic strike   »

The following was released on September 9, 2022, by students at the University of Minnesota Medical School:

Minnesota nurses are on the precipice of the largest nursing strike in US history, and are calling
on healthcare networks to recognize that we must put patients before profit. We, as medical
students at the University of Minnesota Medical School, stand in solidarity with the over 15,000
nurses that will be striking starting September 12th. We must amplify their voices and emphasize
the immense value of every nurse on healthcare teams.

Studies clearly show that low nurse-to-patient ratios greatly impact patient safety: staffing levels
influence inpatient mortality rates as longer shifts and overtime hours increase the chances
of nursing errors and burnout.
… Read more about: Minnesota Medical School Students Stand in Solidarity with Minnesota Nurses’ Fight for Patients Before Profit  »

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Lauren Nielsen
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Hospital executives threaten to lockout, fire nurses fighting to put patients before profits  

Today, 15,000 nurses in the Twin Cities, Twin Ports, and Moose Lake announced their intent to strike on September 12 in their fight for fair contracts that put Patients Before Profits. In response, hospital executives have made a desperate attempt to further attack the collective bargaining rights of Minnesota nurses, demanding an additional step that has not been previously requested or required to attempt to prevent nurses from striking for better patient care and working conditions.  
… Read more about: BREAKING: Hospital executives launch desperate attack on collective rights of nurses fighting for better patient care and working conditions  »

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Lauren Nielsen
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Nurses at 16 hospitals in the Twin Cities, Twin Ports, and Moose Lake to strike for three days beginning September 12 as hospital executives refuse solutions to short-staffing, retention and better patient care

As many hospital CEOs continue to take significant raises on multi-million-dollar salaries, executives offer nurses just 4 percent in average annual wage increases 

  
VIDEO: Watch video of nurses announcing their intent to strike.

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

Nurses voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike to demand a fair resolution to contract negotiations   

(Moose Lake) – August 17, 2022 – Yesterday, nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association at Essentia Moose Lake voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike as they seek a fair contract to address under-staffing and retention at the hospital and to keep nurses at the bedside providing care to the community.
… Read more about: Essentia Moose Lake nurses vote to authorize strike after two years without contract   »

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Lauren Nielsen
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Nurses in Twin Cities and Twin Ports nurses are now working without contracts as hospital executives refuse solutions to short-staffing, retention and better patient care

As many hospital CEOs continue to take significant raises on multi-million-dollar salaries, executives offer nurses just 4 percent in average annual wage increases  

 
VIDEO [METRO, DULUTH]: Watch video from this morning of nurse leaders responding to the results of the strike vote.
… Read more about: 15,000 nurses authorize strike as they fight for fair contracts that put Patients Before Profits  »

By Laura Sayles

MNA Government Affairs Specialist

 

Seems like it’s a tradition that around Thanksgiving everyone writes about what they are thankful for. To mix holiday metaphors, the Grinch in me can’t find much to be thankful for right now. Regardless of who you voted for, there is no doubt that this election season was brutal: to people’s mailboxes and televisions, to relationships with family and friends, to a culture of civil dialogue, to candidates who lost, to candidates who won and now have to govern highly polarized electorates.

And in all honestly, I’ve mostly succumbed to the pessimism all this brings.
… Read more about: The tradition of feeling thankful – even this year  »

What’s taking Allina Health so long?

By Barbara Brady

MNA Communications Specialist

While MNA nurses in Duluth and Superior were working to reach a tentative agreement with Essentia Health on a new three-year contract this week, MNA nurses in the Twin Cities were preparing for a second strike against Allina Health.

Why is this a tale of two or four cities? There’s no reason Allina can’t follow Essentia’s lead and negotiate a contract that benefits the nurses and their employer.  Nurses really do put the care in healthcare.  They provide the value for the hospital.  Often, they are the first and last faces a patient sees when they’re admitted and discharged.
… Read more about: Essentia Hospitals Come to an Agreement with Nurses  »

By Mathew Keller, RN JD
Regulatory and Policy Nursing Specialist

We’ve detailed at length the connections between Piper Jaffray and Allina. Piper Jaffray, as you recall, served as a broker/dealer to a 2007 “Auction Rate Security” bond offering that ultimately led Allina to sue. Allina claimed that the other broker-dealer (UBS) knew the Auction Rate Security market would fail mere months after the bond offering, but, interestingly, Allina did not make that claim against Piper. This transaction caused Allina to lose tens of millions of dollars in penalty interest rates, interest rate swaps, and early termination fees when it refinanced the bonds.
… Read more about: MNA Requests Meeting with US Bank in order to Save Allina Money  »