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Statement on St. Luke’s Affiliation with Aspirus Health

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Contact: Sam Fettig
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Lauren Bloomquist
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lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org (Duluth) – March 1, 2024 – St. Luke’s announced today that the health system has finalized its affiliation with Wisconsin-based Aspirus Health. The following is a statement from Larissa Hubbartt, RN, and Sierra Dyer, RN, Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) Chairs at St. Luke’s Duluth.

“We are hopeful about this affiliation between St. Luke’s and Aspirus. Their commitment to preserving local decision-making reflects a shared dedication to community-centered care, and to the mission of St. Luke’s nurses to put the Patient Above All Else.
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Nurses celebrate denial of corporate for-profit care in Minnesota

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Contact: Sam Fettig
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Lauren Bloomquist
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lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org MNA applauds MDH for protecting public interest in Minnesota for patients, workers and communities (St. Paul) – March 1, 2024 – Nurses at the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) applaud the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) for listening to patients, workers, and community members and putting patient needs ahead of corporate greed with their ruling that the for-profit Nobis Rehabilitation is not in the public interest.

In January, MNA submitted a letter to MDH in opposition to the for-profit hospital proposal, writing in part: “Every day, nurses confront the ongoing staff shortages in our hospitals and experience firsthand the mental health crisis in our state.
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Nurses at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 2nd Street Vote Unanimously for Union with MNA

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Contact: Sam Fettig
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sam.fettig@mnnurses.orgLauren Bloomquist
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lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org Nurses win union election; will bargain collectively for better patient care and nurse working conditions

(St. Paul) – February 29, 2024 – Nurses at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 2nd Street today celebrated a unanimous vote to form a union, represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA). Nurses filed for election in late January and cast their ballots today.

“We are excited to be union nurses and to gain a voice in our workplace so that we can continue to provide high-quality, safe patient care,” said Holly Swedberg, a Registered Nurse at Duluth Clinic 2nd Street.
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Allina Health Cancer Institute nurses vote overwhelmingly for union with MNA

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Contact: Sam Fettig
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Lauren Bloomquist
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Nurses seek a seat at the table amid corporate healthcare closures, to protect care and working conditions for nurses and patients  

[WATCH] Newly organized nurses held a livestream today to celebrate their union vote. Watch here. (St. Paul) – February 29, 2024 – Nurses employed at the Allina Health Cancer Institute (AHCI) Wednesday celebrated the overwhelming vote of nurses there to join together in a union, represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA).
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Allina executives continue corporate assault on patient care access with closures at Mercy Hospital and Unity Campus

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Contact: Sam Fettig
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sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Bloomquist
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lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org

Latest consolidation underscores need to hold executives accountable to patient needs, not corporate greed  

(St. Paul) – February 13, 2024 – Today, Allina Health executives announced their plan to close Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and surgical services at Mercy Hospital – Unity Campus in Fridley, and to close pediatric inpatient beds at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. In a letter delivered to the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) today, Allina executives stated their intent to lay off 63 MNA full-time equivalent (FTE) Registered Nurse positions at Unity Campus by June of this year as a result of these closures.
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Nurses at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 1st Street vote overwhelmingly to unionize with MNA

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Contact: Sam Fettig
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sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Bloomquist
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org Nurses succeeded in drive to organize despite aggressive anti-union tactics by Essentia executives  (St. Paul) – February 8, 2024 – Nurses at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 1st Street today celebrated the overwhelming vote of nurses there to join together in a union, represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA). Nurses filed for election in December and cast their votes on Tuesday of this week. Results were counted today by the National Labor Relations Board.

“I’m feeling energized from the positive connection and camaraderie with my coworkers,” said Jackie Thorn, Infusion RN at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 1st Street.
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Nurses introduce Healing Greed Agenda to put patient needs before corporate greed in our hospitals

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Contact: Sam Fettig
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Lauren Bloomquist
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lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org Joined by legislators and labor allies, nurses call for legislation to hold hospital executives accountable to patients and the public and protect workers from retaliation  [WATCH] Watch video of today’s news conference on MNA’s Healing Greed Agenda

[READ] Learn more about the Healing Greed Agenda to put patient needs before corporate greed

(St. Paul) – February 5, 2024 – Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) today introduced the Healing Greed Agenda, a legislative roadmap to put patient needs before corporate greed in our healthcare system.
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Nurses to announce agenda for 2024 session with labor, legislator allies

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Contact: Sam Fettig
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sam.fettig@mnnurses.org Lauren Bloomquist
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lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org Nurses to urge legislation to put patient needs before corporate greed in our hospitals 

(St. Paul) – February 2, 2024 – On Monday, February 5, 2024, nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) will be joined by labor and legislator allies to introduce an agenda for the 2024 legislative session that will work to put patient needs before corporate greed in our hospitals.

After corporate healthcare executives killed legislation last session that would have improved nurse staffing and retention in Minnesota hospitals, nurses will be back at the Capitol this year seeking new protections for nurses and patients at the bedside.
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Nurses at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 2nd Street to announce organizing, filing for union representation

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org Lauren Bloomquist
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org Organizing by nurses at 2nd Street Clinic follows similar efforts in recent months by nurses at Essentia 1st Street Clinic and by Essentia East Market Advanced Practice Providers (APPs)

Duluth) – January 31, 2023 – Tomorrow, February 1, 2024, nurses at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 2nd Street will hold a press conference to announce that they have organized and are filing for an election vote to be represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA). The move follows recent organizing by nurses at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 1st Street and by Essentia East Market Advanced Practice Providers (APPs).
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Nurses named most trusted profession for 22nd year in a row

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Contact: Sam Fettig
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sam.fettig@mnnurses.org Lauren Bloomquist
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lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org Minnesota nurses urge lawmakers to trust nurses on the need to address corporate greed and patient needs in our hospitals   

(St. Paul) – January 23, 2024 – Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) celebrated being named the most honest and ethical profession for the 22nd consecutive year. In the Gallup poll, conducted in December 2023, 78 percent of U.S. adults said nurses have “high” or “very high” honesty and ethical standards.

“Nurses greatly value the trust and understanding we share with our patients as we both face the consequences of executives’ corporate greed in our hospitals,” said Chris Rubesch, RN, MNA President.
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