Minnesota nurses authorize strike against 7 health systems

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Individuals of the Minnesota Nurses Affiliation voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike in opposition to seven well being techniques within the Dual Towns and Duluth, union officers say.

The vote Monday gave nurse negotiators the power to name a strike, with a 10-day understand to employers. The union represents 15,000 nurses. The following negotiation consultation is about for Aug. 30.

Union officers mentioned one of the vital greatest problems is retention with understaffing contributing to overwork {and professional} burnout. They mentioned nurses are taking care of two times as many sufferers as commonplace and that whilst the prerequisites existed prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are worse now.

Union officers say 15 hospitals and could be suffering from the strike, together with the ones operated by way of Allina Well being, M Well being Fairview, Youngsters's Clinic, North Memorial and HealthPartners. In Duluth, it is Essentia and St Luke's.

Allina Well being mentioned it has plans in position to take care of sufferers all the way through any paintings stoppage, however wasn't explicit.

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“Regardless of the on-going demanding situations being felt by way of Allina Well being and during the nonprofit healthcare business, we have now introduced an financial package deal that features a salary building up of eleven% over the 3 years of the contract, in addition to further reimbursement advantages. We now have additionally demonstrated our dedication to lots of the union's precedence problems, akin to variety, fairness and inclusion, security and safety, and recruitment and retention,” Allina mentioned in a remark.

Nurses were operating since March to achieve a deal and feature been operating and not using a contract for the previous few months, the union mentioned.

“Nurses don't take this determination frivolously, however we're made up our minds to take a stand on the bargaining desk, and at the sidewalk if vital, to place sufferers prior to income in our hospitals,” union President Mary Turner mentioned in a remark.

When Minnesota nurses went on a one-day strike in 2010, hospitals employed 2,800 alternative nurses, known as in further non-union group of workers and diminished affected person ranges. Some hospitals rescheduled non-compulsory surgical procedures.

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