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The American Crystal Sugar workers have been locked out since August.  In solidarity, the MNA Board of Directors is encouraging all members to boycott American Crystal Sugar products until a settlement is reached.  This includes many local store brands because they get the sugar they use from American Crystal Sugar.  It is recommended to use C and H or Domino Sugar instead.  Thanks for your support!  Keep up to date on Sugar Workers’ news, and learn how you can help.
… Read more about: Support Sugar Workers  »

About 15 minutes into this MPR interview the author talks about how President Obama wanted to implement a Wall Street Transaction Tax (championed by NNU as part of the Main Street Contract For America!) but ultimately yielded to his team of economic advisers – most notably Larry Summers. Fascinating interview and even more fascinating book (Confidence Men by Ron Suskind).
… Read more about: Main Street Contract and MPR  »

The next scheduled MN Board of Nursing Practice Committee date is:

The meeting is being held on the 4th floor in the conference room.

This is the meeting the board has suggested might be the final prior to making recommendations on LPN models of practice to the full nursing board. If true, we really need a large turnout of MNA members (think informational picketing!!).

LPNs have been attending these meetings in increasing numbers.

Please make an effort to attend, and encourage your colleagues to come with.
… Read more about: Upcoming MNBON meetings – Please Attend if you can!!  »

MNA experienced a problem with its email system on Tuesday July 13 starting around noon and extending into early Wednesday morning.  If you sent email to MNA during that time, please resend your messages or call MNA as we have only been able to recover some of the email for that period.  Email sent anytime after 7:45 am on Wednesday morning is not affected.  Thank you for your understanding and assistance.
… Read more about: Please note: MNA Email Problem earlier this week  »

On Friday morning, Methodist Hospital returned striking nurses back to work — but it wasn’t a smooth transition for patients or nurses.  Nurses filed a number of Concern for Safe Staffing reports as well as internal quality tracking reports about compromises in patient care.  Nurses anxious to return to their patients on med-surg floors were held in conference rooms for as long as two and one-half hours and when they finally got to the floor, found that patients hadn’t received morning medications on time and that other patient care needs hadn’t been met in a timely manner.
… Read more about: June 11: View from Inside Methodist Hospital  »

Congressman Keith Ellison

For Immediate Release Contact: Micah Clemens
Thursday, June 10, 2010 202.225.4755

Congressman Ellison Stands in Solidarity with Minnesota Nurses

Supports Legislation to Increase Nurse Staffing Levels

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) announced his support for the 12,000 members of the Minnesota Nurses Association who began striking at 7 a.m. this morning. Registered nurses from 14 Twin Cities hospitals are walking the picket lines to demand safe nurse staffing levels, which are critical to improve patient safety and care. Nurses also are fighting a proposal to reduce their pensions to 1960s levels.
… Read more about: Congressman Ellison Stands with Us in Our Fight for Safe Patient Care  »