St. Luke’s Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement in Duluth

1 Sep

It is clear that St. Luke’s hospital is the leader in Duluth and RNs advocating for safe patient care! Early this morning the management of St. Luke’s offered an agreement we can recommend with enthusiasm to ratify. This came about in no small part thanks to our amazing and overwhelming show of unity back on August 18th.

The highlights of this agreement include:

  • Joint Development and implementation of staffing plans which includes mediation for impasse resolution.
  • We also were able to reach agreement on temporarily closing the unit to admissions when we are unable to safely provide care for the next admission.
  • We have an agreement on how the code of conduct will work.
  • Kentucky River protections continue through the course of this contract as well.

Additional highlights of the tentative agreement will be made available as soon as we can get them out. After starting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, we negotiated through the night until 6 a.m. this morning to reach this tentative agreement.

The entire contract offer from St. Luke’s will be made available for nurses to review before our vote, pursuant to MNA bylaws.  As in any contract, there are economic concerns, and we were able to reach improvements for our health insurance contribution from St. Luke’s.

Now that we have been able to win concrete improvements in contract language for our staffing, we have to make sure management continues to work with us to provide the best possible patient care.  Our unity and action has been able to get us this far. We must remain united to enforce our new contract language and commitment from management.

We plan to vote to ratify our tentative agreement this Wednesday, September 8th and have a new contract. We are hoping to have our vote at the United Baptist Church at 830 E. First Street from 6:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. We will be available to answer any questions you may have that day. Also we will be getting a summary of the tentative agreement up as soon as possible. We will have the full tentative agreement available before the vote as well.

After many long negotiation sessions we feel that we were able to make concrete gains in this contract, as a negotiating committee we feel confident in recommending this contract to you for ratification.

St. Luke’s Hospital Bargaining Team

Cindy Prout, Renee Ebel, Nancy Carlson, Pam Hyopponen, Kate Donovan, Mary “Meech” Koski

10 Responses to “St. Luke’s Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement in Duluth”

  1. Shellie M September 1, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    GREAT job Duluth RNS!

  2. Janet Humphrey September 1, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    Congratulations and good luck. It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings. If I need medical care when in the northland, I know where I’ll head. Thanks to all for your hard work

  3. Deanna Anderson September 1, 2010 at 9:37 am #

    So glad to here that your hospital administration decided to actually NEGOTIATE. Congratulations to all of you for standing up for what is right for caring for patient’s. I hope SMDC follows St. Luke’s lead. Once again congratulations to all of you.

  4. duluth rn September 1, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Sure hope you didn’t settle for the wrong reasons, you have the entire city’s healthcare at stake.

    • Shadow davis September 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm #

      I agree,there have always been “mediation” for staffing numbers but it never goes in favor of the nurse. Once again it sounds like caving in. It always starts out with safe staffing, and wanting a set ratio, but in the end it never happens.

  5. tammi from SMDC September 1, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    Stay tough St Mary’s negotiators–management has shown they cannot be trusted with committee work for safe staffing–just look at floating today after years of committee work–horrible as ever!! The nurses and patients in this city deserve safe staffing, not some watered down, committee based version.

  6. Bonnie September 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm #

    Good Job!! I really think that the exact staffing language we need for adequate, safe, and professional pt care will have to come from the legislature, but to at least get some control language into the contract is manditory and you did it!!

  7. Jennie, RN at St Lukes September 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    Sounds to me if an RN speaks up in the “Joint Staffing Committee” she could now be disciplined with the new code of conduct. I am seeing duct tape over the mouth.

  8. TC RN September 1, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    WOW, GOOD JOB, ADDING CLOSURE LANGUAGE AND ALL TO YOUR CONTRACT WILL GIVE YOU SOME ABILITY TO CONTROL ADMISSIONS TO A UNIT IF UNABLE TO HANDLE ADDITIONAL PATIENTS.
    THIS TEAM WORKED HARD AND WORKED IN THE BEST INTEREST OF ST LUKES PATIENTS AND NURSES.
    PLEASE TALK TO YOUR TEAM AND ASK QUESTIONS, FIND OUT WHY THINGS WERE NEGOTIATED AS THEY WERE, SOLIDARITY!

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