CLICK HERE to read a well-written story from the Twin Cities Daily Planet on the 2010 Twin Cities Nurses’ Strike, the issues it raised and its lasting impact.
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Twelve thousand nurses in the Twin Cities are fending off a well-coordinated attack by corporate health care interests to diminish the power of our union. In a metropolitan area with one of the highest densities of organized nurses in the country, we know that if the employers take down the Minnesota Nurses Association, they can take down anyone.
The nurses authorized a one-day strike last week by more than 90 percent of 9,200 voting. Negotiations with 14 Twin Cities hospitals owned by six corporations started in March, but little actual back and forth has taken place.
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Media Contact: John Nemo, MNA Public Relations, 651-414-2863
ST. PAUL (May 19, 2010) – Twin Cities nurses made history Wednesday by voting to authorize the largest nursing strike in U.S. history, with more than 12,000 RNs ready to walk off the job if a new contract agreement with six Twin Cities hospital systems can’t be reached before June 1, when the current labor deal expires.
Of the 9,000-plus Twin Cities RNs who voted Wednesday, more than 90 percent voted to reject the labor contracts and pension proposals from the hospitals.
“Thousands of us gathered here today for one simple reason,” said Minnesota Nurses Association President Linda Hamilton, an RN in the Children’s Hospital System.
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More than 3,000 Twin Cities RNs took to the streets for informational picketing outside of Abbott Northwestern, Children’s Minneapolis and Mercy Hospitals!
(Note: Visit the Allina Bargaining page on the MNA Web site for previous updates)
UPDATE: Via Jim Danielson, a member of the Allina bargaining team, posted on MNA’s Facebook page:
We (MNA) talked about 2 of our proposals at length. We discussed why they are important to us. In specific, our proposal on “Leave of Absence” and our proposal on Organizing and Elections. We have done this with almost all of our proposals up to this point and we get rolling eyes and chuckling again yesterday. Instead of asking about our proposals, they asked us to respond to their proposals.
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Hospitals are quick to say it’s no big deal if RNs are on strike and that patients are as safe as ever. However a new study by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds that RN strikes increase in-hospital mortality by 19.4% and 30-day readmission by 6.5% for patients admitted during a strike. The study suggests that hospitals functioning during nurses strikes are doing so at a lower quality of patient care.
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Thanks to all the amazing RNs who have volunteered their time and talents by serving on the Contract Action Team (CAT), which met here at MNA Headquarters this morning. Below is a slideshow of photos from the gathering.