June 2 Bargaining Update

3 Jun

Twin Cities Nurses: Your fellow RNs on the MNA bargaining team will bring you a contract worth voting on in good time.  Do not fall for the Employers’ ploy of management making small changes and bringing it back to the table for multiple votes.  We won’t waste your time voting multiple times for a poor contract.

Our MNA bargaining teams  are United and Strong! We are all in the same room negotiating together.  We will get a ratifiable contract.  We are strong and we are together – metro-wide.

MNA has made themselves available to negotiate from May 28 through June 9.  The hospital chose only 2 days, June 2 and June 4.

We will continue with strike planning for June 10 at 7 am through 7 am on June 11.  We will all return to work together at 7 am on June 11.  We are excited to have the support of our new national union, NNU as we continue our fight for patient safety and a fair and just contract.

Our MNA bargaining teams took the afternoon to prioritize our proposals to let management know what it would take for a “yes” vote.  We are now communicating via a federal mediator. At the end of today’s session, the employer refused to remove any of their concessions from these negotiations.

In addition, MNA nurses presented the hospitals with a detailed information request that we want answered by 8:00 a.m. Friday.

Sign making at the MNA office will be taking place Friday-Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday and going until 6:30 p.m. each day (8 am-6:30 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Please join your fellow RNs at the MNA Offices (345 Randolph Avenue, Suite 200, St. Paul, MN 55102) this weekend!

Media Coverage of June 2 Bargaining

23 Responses to “June 2 Bargaining Update”

  1. UTD-RN June 3, 2010 at 1:24 am #

    Glad to hear they at least got a start on something constructive. Having a list of exactly what it will take for a “yes” vote should be helpful in reaching a decision. It is frustrating, however to see that the hospitals are still not willing to make any concessions on their proposals. Hopefully both sides can come to an agreement before a strike has to happen, however I’m becoming less and less faithful as time goes on…

  2. tom smith June 3, 2010 at 3:32 am #

    Our union rep said that if the hospitals negotiate changes to the contract that we can go on another one day strike. I think we should use that strategy and continue with the one day strikes. It hits the hospitals in the pocketbook and has the lest effect on our pocketbooks. So that if we have to we can continue this strike with the lest effect on us.

    • ling June 5, 2010 at 12:02 am #

      Maybe you do not understand that the union can only plan one strike at a time. Perhaps you misunderstood your rep.

  3. Laura June 3, 2010 at 4:23 am #

    The update above says ALL the nurses will return to work Fri at 7am. How can I be sure of that. Comments from my mangement team don’t make it sound so black & white suggesting it won’t be that easy. Their discussing a back-up plan for Fri.

  4. MNA RN June 3, 2010 at 5:09 am #

    To tom smith:
    Are you a Registered Nurse? If you really are a RN you may want to check yourself and the way you worded what you put down. This is not about the money… it is about patient safety. FYI: The hospitals have hired Public Relations Firms that come onto this site and pose as nurses when in fact they are not. They are paid by the hospitals to smear nurses, cause dissent and spread lies. There are also sincere people that come onto this site just looking for more information. I for one would prefer that they receive the right information.

  5. Just Me June 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    But if it hits the pocket books of the hopsitals that means less money to dish out.

  6. Mari June 3, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    Please post the times again for the mtgs for nurses today at Unity Hospital!

  7. Bernadine (Bunny) Engeldorf, RN June 3, 2010 at 8:28 pm #

    If questions about strike or return to work post strike please contact your steward. I know the employer will attempt to make it difficult but we expect all to go to work if you are scheduled unless NOTIFIED otherwise. The employer wants to create confusion. If census low they would be required to follow current LOW NEED PROCESS. Stand in Solidarity on June 10.

  8. Bernadine (Bunny) Engeldorf, RN June 3, 2010 at 8:30 pm #

    My comment above is addressing returning to work on June 11
    Please modify comment – do not mean June 10

  9. Mary June 4, 2010 at 12:37 am #

    In fact they are already trying to make returning to work difficult at Allina. We all received a notice today saying we are not to return to work unless we are called by them. If we return before they call us, we will be sent home. Get ready, this next week is going to be one bullshit thing after another. Stay strong.

    • Amobi June 8, 2010 at 10:24 am #

      I have the same feeling Mary

    • Kelly June 8, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

      They are not trying to “make it harder” this is the reality of the 1 day strike, the hospitals must decrease the census in order to provide safe patient care and close down units. It has nothing to do with trying to hurt you, this is about patient care, and what happens with a 1 day strike. Look at the big picture before you make assumptions. Yes ,I am a nurse.

  10. Wanda Isum June 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    Management who have no knowledge about medical treatment just the making of profits make all medical decisions. Thursday I went to see my doctor for 6 month followup of diabetes. The nurse update medication and does vitals. She takes my accucheck machine and runs the data. The doctor reviews it all comes in and spends 5 minutes or less with me. Two years ago my previous MD told me to have an Echo for an aortic heart stenosis annually. Finally yesterday I asked for it. The management determines that the physician is to see x amount of patients per hour. They then install a charting system that takes 5-10 minutes of the doctors time rather than the 2 minutes dictation time. Now my time and concerns are not important. Nursing time is also limited. Why is it management who know only how to make money dictating the care of medical concerns? This includes the management of insurance companies as well as large medical corporations. It is time someone takes a stand.

  11. MNA RN June 8, 2010 at 3:14 pm #


    It may seem a strange principle to enunciate as the very first requirement in a hospital that it should do the sick no harm.

    Florence Nightingale

  12. Just Me June 8, 2010 at 8:50 pm #


    It is that mentality that has most MNA nurses snowed into believing this is all about safe staffing. Man, what a load of crap. This is about the almighty dollar and you are trying to hide it and make people believe you are just worried about keeping the patients safe.

  13. MNA RN June 8, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    To: “Just Me”
    Mary has the right sentiments. EXACTLY the right sentiments. After reading what you wrote I feel like I stepped in something nasty. Wait just a minute while I look… Yep, it’s what you said it was: “Crap!” The thing is though… the “crap” came from you… Do you want to wait a minute ’cause now I have to scrape my shoe off… Yep, it’s really stinky too! Next time please ask for a bedpan… or I would gladly assist you to the bathroom.

  14. Just Me June 9, 2010 at 12:12 pm #

    Well if it is all about the patient then lets propose no salary increase for the next four years, lets agree to the change in the pension plan and lets move to the same healthcare plans all of the non contract staff and pay the same premiums. Lets drop it all and only go for safe patient care….staffing. If we do that then I will believe it is for patient care, otherwise you are right we have all stepped in the load of crap.

  15. stev June 9, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    To Just me.

    Obviously you are not a nurse and do not understand what we do. Also, I’d guess you’ve never been the patient before either, or you’ve had a bad patient experience. Therefore, your opinions really don’t carry any weight.

    I think you’re accusing the MNA of being money hungry.
    Well we all got into nursing for money right?

    Psh! Ridiculous, most nurses live paycheck to paycheck and deal with life and death situations everyday.
    As a Minnesota resident (assuming you are), you should support your local nurses and just base your opinions on fact. Furthermore, you should realize that nurses absolutely deserve a raise….its been frozen in many places for years, and I’m talking before the recession.
    Support the MNA, cause when you’re the patient someday, your nurse will advocate for you.

  16. Just Me June 9, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    I understand perfectly, I live it everyday. I also have a spouse who is not a nurse and yes we live paycheck to paycheck just like people who make more then us and people who make less then us. Any one of us is only worth what someone else will pay us, just like material possessions. What sets the price of a vintage car? What someone is willing to pay for it. The hopsitals are not willing to pay us more, now is not the time to draw a line in the sand when you consider the economy. This is not about safe staffing, maybe a part of it is but most of this is about the money and what we think we are worth. I think my 1950 Merc is worth 30,000 but if no one will give me that for it then it really isn’t worth that much is it. A factory worker might think he is worth 25.00 an hour but if there are 100 other people that will work for 20.00 an hour who do you think is going to be working and who is going to be walking the line still claiming to be worth 25.00?

  17. Just Me June 9, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    If you live paycheck to paycheck, that is your personal choice in most cases. I will admit, I live well and spend a lot of money and that is the reason I live paycheck to paycheck not because I don’t get paid what I think I am worth.


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