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Nurses at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 3rd Street and Patient Flow hospital nurses to announce organizing, filing for union representation

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.orgLauren Bloomquist
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org Nurse organizing follows similar successful efforts by nurses at Essentia 1st and 2nd Street Clinics, Miller Hill Surgery Center and Solvay Hospice House, and ongoing organizing by Essentia East Market Advanced Practice Providers (APPs)

 

(Duluth) – June 7, 2024 – On Monday, June 10, 2024, Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 3rd Street and Patient Flow hospital nurses 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).
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Miller Hill Surgery Center and nurses and other healthcare workers at Essentia Solvay Hospice House

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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

(Duluth) – May 31, 2024 – Registered Nurses (RNs) at Essentia Miller Hill Surgery Center and nurses and other healthcare workers at Essentia Solvay Hospice House announced today that they voted overwhelmingly to form unions represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) to gain a collective voice in their workplaces to improve working conditions and how care is provided to their patients.

At Essentia Solvay Hospice House, workers across the board, including RNs, Licensed Practical Nurses, Nursing Assistants, Administrative Assistants, Environmental Services workers, and Cooks, voted in a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) election on Wednesday, May 29 to unionize with MNA.
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NNU announces new Council of Presidents for 2024-2027 term

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Contact: press@nationalnursesunited.org

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

May 24, 2024 – National Nurses United (NNU) celebrates its newly elected Council of Presidents for the 2024-2027 term. NNU is the largest and fastest-growing union and professional association of registered nurses in the United States with nearly 225,000 members nationwide. NNU affiliates include California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, DC Nurses Association, Michigan Nurses Association, Minnesota Nurses Association, and New York State Nurses Association.

The 2024-2027 Council of Presidents is composed of four nurse leaders:

Nurses celebrate wins for patients and healthcare workers as 2024 legislative session ends

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Contact: Sam Fettig
(c) 612-741-0662
sam.fettig@mnnurses.orgLauren Bloomquist
(c) 651-376-9709
lauren.bloomquist@mnnurses.org

(St. Paul) – May 24, 2024 – Nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) today celebrated the passage of key priorities for patients and healthcare workers this legislative session that will help to put patient needs before corporate greed in our healthcare system. Despite the limited scope of this session, which saw many other proposals fall by the wayside, nurses organized and mobilized to press lawmakers on the need to take action on key healthcare issues this year.
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Local landmarks to be lit red for National Nurses Week as fight continues for patient needs, not corporate greed in our hospitals

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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 On Monday evening, Lowry Ave. Bridge, I-35W Bridge, U.S. Bank Stadium and Allianz Field will be lit in red (St. Paul) – May 6, 2024 – Twin Cities landmarks will be lit red tonight as National Nurses Week begins throughout the country. This evening, Monday, May 6, the Lowry Avenue Bridge and the I-35W Bridge in Minneapolis; U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis; and Allianz Field in Saint Paul will be lit red in honor of Minnesota nurses.

“This Nurses Week, I urge all nurses to stand together with our patients and the public in the fight to put patient needs before corporate greed in our hospitals,” said Chris Rubesch, RN, Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) president.
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North Memorial nurses to denounce executives’ cuts to NICU and mental health services

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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 (St. Paul) – May 2, 2024 – On Monday, May 6, 2024, nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) at North Memorial Hospital will hold a press conference outside the hospital to condemn recent cuts to services at North Memorial Hospital and clinics. Nurses are inviting community members, healthcare workers and other union members to gather and stand together against these cuts.

On March 14, North Memorial executives announced they would close the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), reduce inpatient mental health beds, and close all outpatient mental health services.
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Workers at two Essentia Health facilities file 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 (St. Paul) – May 2, 2024 – Registered nurses at Essentia Miller Hill Surgery Center and nurses and other healthcare workers at Essentia Solvay Hospice House announced this week that they have filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board to form a union represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association.Workers at each of the Essentia facilities filed for election this past Friday, April 26, because they want a voice in their workplace to improve both working conditions and how care is provided to their patients.
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Nurses endorse Patrick Gage for Hennepin County Commissioner ahead of primary

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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 Nurses will work with elected commissioner to improve staff retention and patient care at public hospital  

(St. Paul) – April 24, 2024 – Nurses of the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) today announced their endorsement of Patrick Gage for Hennepin County Commissioner in District 6 ahead of Tuesday’s primary election. Through a screening and endorsement process led by MNA nurses who live and work in Hennepin County, Gage stood out to nurses for his commitment to nurse and patient priorities, his strong support of labor rights, and his willingness to listen to and work with nurses to improve conditions in our hospitals.
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Patients, healthcare providers and workers to hold community town hall on impact of Allina hospital closures

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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 Forum will bring community together to envision a better future for our healthcare system  (St. Paul) – April 22, 2024 – Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 23, 2024, patients and other community members will join nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA), Allina physicians with the Doctors Council, and healthcare workers with SEIU Healthcare Minnesota & Iowa for a town hall meeting on the devastating impacts of Allina executives’ plan to close the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and surgical services at Mercy Hospital – Unity Campus in Fridley, and to eliminate pediatric inpatient beds at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids.
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Healthcare workers, patient advocates to assemble at State Capitol to push for protections for worker voices and safe patient care

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Contact:

Sam Fettig, 612-741-0662 or Sam.Fettig@mnnurses.org

Chris Shields, 612-839-9359 or cshields@mnaflcio.org

 

On Thursday, April 11, 2024, healthcare workers and patient advocates from Minnesota AFL-CIO member unions will join together at the Minnesota State Capitol to push for passage of the HEAL (Healthcare Employee Anti-Retaliation and Labor) Act (H.F. 4200 / S.F. 4444), a bill that would provide critical protections for workers when they speak up as the last line of defense for safe patient care in our hospitals and other care settings.
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