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Contact: Sam Fettig
(St. Paul) – January 19, 2022 – This week, 672 nurse members of the Minnesota Nurses Association filed a petition with hospital management at six Mayo Clinic facilities, demanding action to curtail the worsening staffing crisis and recognize nurses’ sacrifices throughout the pandemic.
“Nurses continue to work under extremely difficult circumstances to care for our patients while Mayo CEOs make millions off our hard work,” said Kelly Rosevold, RN at Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato. “As nurses continue to face down a pandemic, a work environment that feels unsafe, and unresponsive management, these demands will help to sustain nurses who are providing quality patient care at the bedside.”
The petition drew signatures from more than 70 percent of all MNA members at the six facilities located in Albert Lea, Austin, Fairmont, Lake City, Mankato and Red Wing. Nurses’ demands are focused on retaining workers and call for the following:
- Wage Fairness: To ensure fair wages are paid to both local and travel nurses, Mayo MNA nurses are asking to be paid triple time for all hours worked while travel nurses are being utilized.
- Retention Bonuses: To honor the sacrifice of nurses who continue to work through the current hospital crisis, Mayo MNA nurses are calling for a $4000 bonus to be paid for every three months that nurses remain on the job.
Throughout the state, Minnesota nurses are overworked, hospitals are understaffed, and patients are overcharged by hospital executives trying to boost their bottom lines. Minnesota nurses are quitting at a record rate because of the terrible conditions hospital executives have created by putting profits before patient care. MNA nurses are fighting to make changes to fix the under-staffing crisis and improve the quality-of-care patients receive at Minnesota hospitals. Hospital CEOs with million-dollar paychecks can afford to make these changes for nurses and patients at the bedside.