Duluth Bargaining – St. Luke’s (Aug. 10)

11 Aug

Yesterday in our last scheduled bargaining meeting with management we were unable to reach agreement. Management acted confused as to why we couldn’t reach agreement. We have been clear from the very beginning about what it would take to settle this contract. The language they have proposed regarding staffing and patient care either outlines what is currently done or falls short of impasse resolution or higher level management input. They also are insisting that we agree to the offensive, outrageous code of conduct that is nothing more than a gag order. We wish our CEO would come and listen to us instead of writing emails and letters to nurses. We are clear about our needs for safe patient care and we are reasonable in our negotiation. We will not give take backs in fact we need to have a real voice as advocates for safe patient care, not a gag order or unilaterally decided upon ‘code of conduct’.

We did agree to meet on Monday to see if we can reach an agreement. We hope management thinks long and hard about what they have proposed. Talk to your bargaining team and keep up to date on this website. We will be negotiating this Monday August 16th. The results will be posted on the Website by Tuesday morning. We are then voting to either ratify or reject the contract on Wednesday August 18th from 630-2000 at the United Methodist Church or “Coppertop Church” 230 E. Skyline Parkway. If we are rejecting the contract we will have to recommend that nurses vote to authorize a one day strike.

We hope to be able to ratify the contract on Wednesday.

7 Responses to “Duluth Bargaining – St. Luke’s (Aug. 10)”

  1. Bonnie August 11, 2010 at 6:18 pm #

    Stick to your guns!! They know exactly what you want, they don’t want to give it to you and want you to be unable to tell anyone about safety issues at your hospital. Get the patients involved— they’ll listen if they think pts will go elsewhere!!

  2. RN August 11, 2010 at 8:22 pm #


  3. hmmm August 11, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

    hmmm….first you look like morons in the twin cities, then back a losing dfl governor candidate, and now you insist on pulling the same stuff in duluth that worked so well down in the cities…good luck with that….

  4. RN for safe care August 11, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

    Seriously how can they act like everything is fine!!!!!!!!!!! How long will they put up this front? Nurses in Duluth are SERIOUS.

  5. Another RN in Duluth August 11, 2010 at 11:37 pm #

    Reply for Hmmm,
    I think that you must be a member of SLH bargaining committee. The offer that was presented to us is WORSE than MPLS has. They have the right to refuse an unsafe assignment, without the fear of losing their job or Nursing License we do not. The sad thing is that SMDC the negotiations are going better than SLH. I always thought that SLH had better more caring management, who really valued their employees. I guess that I was wrong.

  6. Loophole August 12, 2010 at 4:52 am #

    Margie G needs to be fired. Horrible person to work under. Pushes her weight on others and has a rap of ‘picking people out’ and continuously harassing them. Horrible Horrible Horrible manager. Probably a good floor nurse, but horrible manager.

  7. Below Margie August 30, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    No truer words have been spoken in a long time. She was a fair supervisor, but her manager position sure went to her head, it is her way or the highway now.

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