BREAKING NEWS: Twin Cities Nurses Vote Resoundingly to Authorize Open-Ended Strike

22 Jun
ST. PAUL (June 21, 2010) – In a historic stand for patient safety, 84 percent of Twin Cities nurses voted Monday to authorize an open-ended strike against 14 hospitals if a contract agreement cannot be reached.
“This is a vote we never wanted to take,” said Linda Hamilton, a Registered Nurse at Children’s Hospital and President of the Minnesota Nurses Association. “The hospitals forced us to this point by adamantly refusing to address even a single proposal related to patient safety over the past three months of negotiations. But Minnesota nurses will do whatever it takes to protect our patients. We have been and will continue to be united for our patients and safe staffing levels.”
MNA leaders told the hospitals late last week that they will not issue a formal strike notice as long as productive negotiations are continuing.
“We’re ready to get back to the table first thing in the morning and meet with the hospitals,” Hamilton said. “Our goal has never been to strike – not even for one day. Tonight’s vote was the strongest possible statement we could send to the hospitals regarding our unwavering commitment to our patients and our profession.”
On May 19, more than 90 percent of Twin Cities nurses voted to authorize a one-day strike for patient safety, which occurred on June 10th. More than 12,000 Twin Cities nurses and 14 hospitals have been unable to reach a new labor contract agreement since negotiations began in March.

4 Responses to “BREAKING NEWS: Twin Cities Nurses Vote Resoundingly to Authorize Open-Ended Strike”

  1. Zach June 22, 2010 at 10:53 am #

    Go nurses. I can’t believe how selfish the Hospitals are being about this. They made MILLIONS of dollars last year, and the nurses all cut back their hours to avoid layoffs (which weren’t necessary)

    Greedy hospitals are greedy

  2. Concerned June 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    I am not sure that striking nurses really promulgate the notion that you are truly the patients’ advocates. You are in effect abandoning your duty. Furthermore, this strike has dubious ethical basis — would you consider I physician strike, a fireman strike, or a police strike ethical? I would not. I think nurses fall into the same category. Of course, all employees deserve a fair labor contract, but I think that can be attained without endangering patient safety.

  3. HeidiRN June 22, 2010 at 5:10 pm #

    Both sides better be sitting at the table today, how many RN’s will agree to settle, if they agree to our staffing proposal? If this truly is the sticking point, lets focus on resolving this one issue.

  4. UTD-RN June 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm #

    Hopefully both sides will be able to come to an agreement with the federeal mediator involved. We all know how well that worked out last time…
    I’m certainly not holding my breath.

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