Duluth Bargaining Update – SMDC (May 27)

28 May

Update by Steve Strand, RN: Today was our second day of bargaining with SMDC. We greeted management with more nurses than they had ever seen before at bargaining!

To start things off, we were able to agree on some non controversial housekeeping issues. Following that, we presented our staffing proposals, which include:

  • Safe Nurse to Patient Ratios
  • Joint Development of a Staffing Plan between MNA and management that Incorporates Acuity and Nursing Intensity.
  • 10% Buffer Zone in critical care beds, non-critical care inpatient beds, and labor and delivery beds to admit ED and OB patients more efficiently.
  • If waiting time in a triage area is expected to be more than 3 hours, hospital must go on divert status.

Management responded with some questions such as, “What is an unstable patient?”

Steve Strand, RN MICU and MNA Chair, responded with, “An unstable patient requires manipulation of drips, blood administration and airway management” as some examples.

Another question from management was, “Once we get staffing up how do we get it back down?”

Management at SMDC has never been concerned about how to ramp up staffing and has never been able to ramp it up. Now they want to ramp it back down right away! They are more concerned about ramping it back down.

FYI: Our next bargaining session is June 10th on the third floor of the tech center. Our next All Nurse meeting is June 16th at the Labor Temple, 2002 London Road, at 8 a.m. , 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. This meeting is extremely important for all to attend as we plan our next steps.

More information, proposals and other updates are always available at http://www.mnnurses.org/duluth

2 Responses to “Duluth Bargaining Update – SMDC (May 27)”

  1. beaney May 28, 2010 at 2:40 am #

    Good luck Duluth! You are off to a great start and we are behind you all the way.

  2. Richard May 28, 2010 at 5:27 am #

    This son of Duluth and CA RN, (St. Luke’s 1954) is so proud of you. Nice to meet your leaders in DC. go nurses.

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