1984 Strike Vets Offer Insight, Advice

15 Jun

A pair of veteran MNA RNs offer their insight and advice from the 1984 strike and how history is repeating itself again in 2010.

12 Responses to “1984 Strike Vets Offer Insight, Advice”

  1. MNA RN June 15, 2010 at 7:26 pm #


    Thank you!

    Thank you to our past, present and future MNA RNs…
    Standing STRONG.
    Refusing to break… It’s not in our vocabulary! They didn’t break us then and they won’t break us now!


  2. North Memorial RN June 15, 2010 at 7:44 pm #

    I LOVED IT!!! Is there any way to be able to view the speeches in their entirety? I was so moved by both speeches and wish this information could get out to everyone. What a powerful voice that would be. Thanks for posting this. The words brought me to tears. They challenged me. And they made me so proud and thankful to be a nurse.

  3. RN1966 June 15, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    Hope every nurse listens to this and heeds the advice of nurses that have gone before and have gotten us to where we are today. We MUST continue to fight both for our patients and for the those nurses that have a long work history ahead of them.

  4. brad nurse June 15, 2010 at 9:56 pm #

    Their battle cry was, “Win the war in ’84”.
    This year is, “We’ll do it again in 2010”.

    • MNA RN June 15, 2010 at 10:24 pm #

      Dear brad nurse:

      We need to make T shirts with this on it!

  5. mary lee June 15, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

    Wonderful. The comment about really good companies looking to their employees for solutions was very telling. Thank you for this video.

    • MNA RN June 16, 2010 at 12:07 am #


      MNA RNs are resources with the potential to problem solve and create solutions… we do not want roadblocks for safe nursing care… but real and credible ideas or the good of all. The TCH (Twin Cities Hospitals) are sitting on a resource that they choose to ignore and incite dissent instead of nurturing, promoting ideas and finding solutions. Pulling together in the same direction. TCH choose war over peaceful and mutual negotiations. TCH would rather hinder, restrain and constrict nursing care. TCH wants to stiffle and silence our concerns (at all costs) – but they can not silence the public or our patients or their families. TCH would rather we deny the RN oath that we all take to heart – to stop advocating for our patients, to stop being nurses. TCH wants MNA RNs to forsake their union… BECAUSE we are union we have a voice that can be heard. MNA RNs are strong and as long as we have a loud voice that can be heard… we will fight for what’s right, for our patients and for promoting the advancement of the nursing profession. We as nurses do not disrespect – and will not disrespect the dedication and devotion of the nurses that came before us – OR – the nurses that will follow us into the future.Without our voice and the protected freedom to speak it… we will be silenced from advocating and speaking up to wrongs, we would be silenced to advocate for our patients. TCH (and hospitals all over the country) are putting all their energy and money into silencing us once and for all. MNA RNs want to be proud of the hospitals where we work… we do not want to be the canary in the coal mine!

  6. MNA RN June 15, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    Way to go brad nurse!
    Very supportive!
    Please spread it around… very catchy!
    Thank You!

  7. MNA RN June 15, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    Gotta see WCCO – channel 4 – Tues. eve at 1700!

    The truth will set us free!

    People are shining a light on it, people will see it and know it for what it really is, we will call it by its name…

    Real people, real patients, real family members speaking the truth!

    United in truth and honesty!

  8. Allina RN June 16, 2010 at 1:25 am #

    Two of my heroines!

    Wise words from 2 nurses that have been there, stood strong, and prevailed. WE WILL TOO!!

  9. Debbie Ingram RN, MNA Rep, Fairview/Riverside. June 16, 2010 at 10:51 am #

    AWESOME!!! I was a part of the 1984 strike… and I’m a part of the 2010 strike… WE MUST STAND STRONG AND STAND TOGETHER!!! I believe our patients are counting on us… they need us, and they need our support staff too!!! Do not doubt this for a minute! And please… do not let our strike in 1984 be for naught! We fought for that much… we cannot back down now!!!

  10. Anne Nonimus June 16, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    I was a non-union new grad nurse in 1984 watching the striking nurses with awe. My non-union wages were barely above minimum wage, no night differential, no protections or benefits.
    When they won their new contract I went to a union hospital and everyday since, I thank them. I have reaped the benefits of their sacrifice for all these years, the nurses of ’84 have always had my gratitude and respect. Now it is my turn, and I am ready to do whatever it takes! Years from now, another generation will be thanking us.

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