Duluth Bargaining – SMDC (July 21 Update)

22 Jul

Today was our sixth negotiation session with management of SMDC.

It was our first day with a federal mediator. Management did not say that staffing is a problem at SMDC. We told two very heartfelt staffing stories and there was no acknowledgement of the severity of the problem this creates for us as nurses and our patients. We asked what we could do to convince management that staffing is a problem. We were told that staffing is not a problem.

“I won’t say there is a problem or there isn’t a problem.” Mary Beth Olson said in response to our staffing discussion. In order to move forward we need to have a commitment from management that staffing needs to be fixed in our contract.

As MNA we presented our economic proposal and management responded with one paragraph.

We were told that ‘management reserves its right to add, delete or modify proposals throughout the course of these negotiations.’

When Bettye Shogren the lead negotiator for MNA asked if management’s economic proposal meant there would be no raises. The answer was “We are satisfied with where things are today.”

Management’s satisfaction with the way things are today is exactly why we need to remain united! What’s next?

  • Come to the next Contract Action team meeting Thursday 7/22 at the Labor Temple from 1:00-2:30 pm and 4:00-5:30 pm.
  • Sign up for the August 3rd St. Luke’s informational picket with your contract action team or bargaining team member.
  • Prepare for a vote on the contract or a one-day strike vote August 18th from 6:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. The August 18th vote will take place at the United Methodist Church, known as “The Coppertop,” 230 E. Skyline Parkway.

3 Responses to “Duluth Bargaining – SMDC (July 21 Update)”

  1. SMDC RN July 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    As a nurse that works there I know that each and every nurse has had multiple experiences where their license may have been in jeopardy because they have been ‘pushed’ past the point of being safe. We need to push back and get the ability to say no to an unsafe assignment. The nurse on the floor at the time is the one that knows the situation, not administration at the end of the month when the ‘averages’ come out. A nurses work day is never average and the care patients receive should never be average either.

  2. RN-Duluth July 23, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    So Mary Beth Olson was handed a petition with over 500 signatures and made aware of over 200 concern for safe staffing forms and yet: She is not able to say if there is a staffing problem. Apparently evidence only means something when it benefits administration.

  3. RN - July 23, 2010 at 5:50 pm #

    Mary Beth needs to take a stroll across the sky walk and just see how the staffing situtation is, we are all tired, tired of being told there is no one else available , when you know the staffing office is not making the calls. it’s time to stand up and take action.

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