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Resolution, offered by Councilmembers Chughtai and Chavez, encourages hospital employers to reach a fair contract to “prioritize patients and frontline healthcare workers, including nurses, over profits”
(St. Paul) – August 18, 2022 – The Minneapolis City Council today unanimously approved a resolution expressing support for Minnesota Nurses Association members and encouraging hospital employers to reach a fair contract with nurses to “prioritize patients and frontline healthcare workers, including nurses, over profits.”
The resolution, offered by Councilmembers Aisha Chughtai and Jason Chavez, also recognizes that “residents and patients in Minneapolis rely on the critical care services of nurses and other frontline healthcare staff, without whom hospitals cannot function and patients cannot receive adequate care.” The text also affirms that “hospital employers, like other businesses and nonprofits operating in the City of Minneapolis, have a responsibility to prioritize community interest and treat workers with dignity and respect.”
The resolution comes as 15,000 nurses in the Twin Cities and Twin Ports voted earlier this week to authorize a strike in their fight for fair contracts that put patients before profits and solve the crisis of retention and care in Minnesota hospitals. Minnesotans who want to learn more and sign on in support of nurses are encouraged to visit MNPatientsBeforeProfits.com.