15,000 Twin Cities and Twin Ports nurses are now working without contracts as hospital executives refuse solutions to short-staffing, retention and better patient care
(St. Paul) – August 10, 2022 – Tomorrow, Thursday, August 11, 2022, nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association will announce plans for collective action in their fight for fair contracts to hold healthcare executives accountable to put patients before profits. The planned action comes as 15,000 nurses in the Twin Cities and Twin Ports work without contracts due to hospital executives’ refusal to negotiate with nurses over solutions to the crises of short-staffing, retention and patient care that the same executives’ corporate healthcare policies created.
Since negotiations began in March, nurses have pressed hospital executives both at the bargaining table and in public over the need to negotiate with nurses to solve the crises of short-staffing, retention and care in our hospitals. Nurses held informational pickets at 15 hospitals throughout the state in June, launched an advertising campaign exposing the effects of corporate healthcare policies in Minnesota hospitals and last week announced that nurses had voted “No Confidence” in hospital executives.
Despite mounting evidence of the worsening crisis of nurse retention and patient care in our hospitals, Minnesota hospital CEOs have refused to address these issues in negotiations with nurses, leading nurses to tomorrow’s announcement of escalating workplace action.
- When: Thursday, August 11, 2022, 8:30 a.m.
- Where: Minnesota Nurses Association, 345 Randolph Ave, Suite 200, St Paul, MN 55102
- Who: Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association
- What: Announce collective action in fight for fair contracts
- Why: To put patients before profits and address crises of short-staffing, retention and patient care