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Minnesota nurses urge passage of hospital merger bill in first committee hearing   

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org Lauren Nielsen
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lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org Legislation from Rep. Bierman would provide critical public oversight of proposed consolidations like the Sanford-Fairview merger 

 (St. Paul) – February 1, 2023 – Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) today urged passage of legislation to provide critical public oversight of proposed hospital mergers during the bill’s first hearing in the Minnesota House Commerce Finance and Policy Committee. The proposed legislation, introduced by Rep. Robert Bierman as an amendment to HF402, would give the Minnesota Department of Health the authority to review – and approve or deny – hospital mergers in the state on the basis of their impacts on Minnesota patients and communities.
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Minnesota nurses join nationwide call for safe staffing

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org Lauren Nielsen
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org As nurses continue to leave the profession due to unsafe staffing, legislature must pass the Keeping Nurses at the Bedside Act (St. Paul) – January 26, 2022 – Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) today are joining nurses nationwide to demand hospital executives and legislators end the staffing, retention and care crisis in our hospitals by guaranteeing safe numbers of nurses so every patient receives the care they deserve.

“Hospital executives understaff nurses, push corporate healthcare practices and mergers, and take multi-million-dollar salaries while care at the bedside is in crisis.
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15,000 nurses ratify contracts to address short staffing and retain nurses at the bedside, continue fight to put Patients Before Profits  

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org Lauren Nielsen
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org Staffing language will help ensure staffing levels do not get worse, give nurses a voice to advocate for safe patient care

Nurses will continue to fight to ensure safe staffing levels, oppose corporate healthcare in Minnesota

 

(St. Paul and Duluth) – December 14, 2022 – Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) at 15 hospitals in the Twin Cities and Twin Ports voted overwhelmingly to ratify new three-year contracts which include new language to address short-staffing by executives in our hospitals.
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TOMORROW: Nurses hold media availability on contract vote results and next steps

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org Lauren Nielsen
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

 

(St. Paul) – December 13, 2022 – At 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, December 14, 2022, nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association will respond to the results of ratification votes by 15,000 nurses in the Twin Cities and Twin Ports on the tentative agreements for new three-year contracts reached last week.

Voting on contract ratification has been taking place this past Friday, yesterday, and today. Results will be shared at the Wednesday press conference where nurses will discuss next steps in the fight to put Patients Before Profits; details are included below.
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Lake View nurses withdraw strike notice as negotiations continue

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org Lauren Nielsen
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

 

(Two Harbors) – December 8, 2022 – The 18 nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association at St. Luke’s Lake View Hospital in Two Harbors have withdrawn their unfair labor practice strike notice as negotiations continue over a new contract. Lake View nurses’ contract expired on September 30, 2022.

The MNA Lake View Nurse Negotiation Team issued the following statement:

“As a sign of good faith, the nurses of Lake View Hospital have chosen to withdraw our ten-day unfair labor practice strike notice for the time being, in the hopes that management will start collaborating with nurses and take these negotiations seriously by treating our priorities and our nurses with the respect we deserve moving forward.
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Hennepin nurses win tentative agreement on wages, continue push for action on workplace safety 

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org Lauren Nielsen
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org Hennepin nurses have been in wage reopener negotiations with the county health system for months, win 2022 wage increases competitive with other metro-area hospitals

Nurses continued their campaign to hold executives accountable to protect staff and patient safety this week, sending a letter with other union workers to hospital leadership 

(St. Paul) – December 8, 2022 – Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association at Hennepin Healthcare today announced that they have reached a tentative agreement in wage reopener negotiations with the county health system, setting wage increases for 2022 equal to the 7 percent increase won by other Twin Cities nurses in tentative agreements
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Nurses reach tentative agreements on three-year contracts to retain nurses at the bedside, avert planned strike 

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org Lauren Nielsen
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org Tentative agreements include unprecedented new language to address chronic understaffing in our hospitals

Tentative agreements include historic 18 percent pay increase over three years in Twin Cities, 17 percent in Twin Ports

Planned unfair labor practices strike set to begin Sunday has been called off as nurses plan vote on tentative agreements

 
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(St. Paul and Duluth) – December 6, 2022 – Nurse negotiation leaders with the Minnesota Nurses Association today announced that they have reached tentative agreements with hospital executives for new three-year contracts for 15,000 nurses in the Twin Cities and Twin Ports.

15,000 nurses across Minnesota to begin unfair labor practices strike December 11 as hospital CEOs refuse to settle fair contracts to put Patients Before Profits

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Contact: Sam Fettig
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sam.fettig@mnnurses.org   Lauren Nielsen
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org 15,000 nurses at 16 hospitals in the Twin Cities, Twin Ports, and Two Harbors voted yesterday to authorize an unfair labor practice strike

As many hospital CEOs continue to take multi-million-dollar salaries, executives continue to commit unfair labor practices and refuse solutions to address care and working conditions for nurses and patients 

WATCH: Watch video of nurses announcing their plans for an unfair labor practices strike

(St. Paul and Duluth) – December 1, 2022 – This morning, nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association announced that 15,000 nurses throughout the state plan to begin an unfair labor practice strike at 16 hospitals beginning December 11, 2022, as they fight for fair contracts to put patients before profits and to solve the crisis of care and working conditions in our hospitals.
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BREAKING: 15,000 nurses across Minnesota authorize unfair labor practices strike, hold media availabilities tomorrow 

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org Lauren Nielsen
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org 15,000 nurses in the Twin Cities, Twin Ports, and Two Harbors voted today to authorize a potential unfair labor practice strike

As many hospital CEOs continue to take significant raises on multi-million-dollar salaries, executives continue to commit unfair labor practices and refuse solutions to address care and working conditions at the bargaining table

Nurses with MNA will hold media availabilities in St. Paul and Duluth tomorrow morning to respond to vote results – details included below 

 
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Two Harbors, Moose Lake nurses to join strike authorization vote on November 30

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.org

Lauren Nielsen
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.nielsen@mnnurses.org

Nurses at St. Luke’s Lake View facility have been working without a contract since September 30 as they seek solutions to address crisis of care, understaffing, and retention 

Nurses at Moose Lake have been working without a contract since Essentia purchased the facility in 2020 and executives refused to recognize nurses’ existing contract

Lake View, Moose Lake nurses will join 15,000 nurses in the Twin Cities and Twin Ports to vote to authorize potential unfair labor practices strike

(Two Harbors and Moose Lake) – November 28, 2022 – Nurses at St.
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