Duluth Bargaining – SMDC Update (July 29)

30 Jul

Today was our 8th bargaining session with management of SMDC. We presented our counterproposals to management regarding staffing. Management said they will work on a counterproposal to ours.

Bettye Shogren, RN, Lead Negotiator MNA, said the following when explaining our proposal regarding temporary unit closure and the ability for an RN to say no to an unsafe assignment: “I want you to look at this language in regard to the nurses’ ethical obligation to say, ‘No.’ We are not telling you how to run your business.”

This language already exists in the Twin Cities and it is time we get it in Duluth.

Staffing is so serious that we absolutely need to get answers soon. Management has said that they are serious and that they are going to come back with some things we can agree on. We hope they do!

On 8/16 we are having our next all nurse meetings for SMDC specifically. We are going to discuss our contract negotiations and where we are. If we have reached a contract we can recommend that addresses our staffing needs we will recommend it for ratification. If not, we will recommend that we take a one day strike. The August 18 vote will be from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church or the “Coppertop Church” at 230 E. Skyline Parkway, Duluth, MN 55811.

3 Responses to “Duluth Bargaining – SMDC Update (July 29)”

  1. Tina Marie July 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

    I really hope SMDC comes up with a response other than Denial that there is a problem with the current staffing. Many departments are feeling the effects of this slimming of staff, not just nurses. Thank You to our team who is sitting there listening to SMDC Blame nurses for the effects of short staffing week after week. I am proud to be part of a group of professional nurses who are advocating for patients and not profits.

  2. RN-SMDC July 31, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    We need the language in our contract so this will stop happening. We as nurses know when we should no longer take admits to our areas. We as nurses know when it is not safe for our patient’s or if we are giving ineffective care.
    Just because management has agreed to hire more FTE’s to the ICU float pool does not mean that we stop standing up for the areas that still have not enough nurses. Get to the informational picket at SLH.

  3. Naomi English August 2, 2010 at 2:37 am #

    Management is forcefully resisting solid contractual language and, perhaps legislation dealing with staffing now. But, when we get it, I think that management will realize that these improvements were reasonable and necessary all along. Safe staffing is an idea whose time has come. May all of our patients live to see this day! Go Duluth Nurses!

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