BREAKING NEWS: Tentative Agreement Reached for SMDC Nurses in Duluth!

8 Sep

SMDC Bargaining Team

Dear fellow SMDC Nurses,

After 13 negotiation sessions – including a final one that stretched on for nearly 30 straight hours! – we were able to get substantive movement on staffing issues. As a committee we can strongly recommend this contract to you for ratification. Finally, we have been able to get the language Twin Cities nurses have had that allows us as RNs to advocate for our patients!

It took all of our work and unity as Duluth Nurses United and RNs at SMDC to get management to work with us to reach this agreement. Now we will have to make sure we all work hard to use the language we have gained. We were also able to get Kentucky River language, salary increases that are an improvement over the recent pattern of 0, 1 and 2 percent from other nursing contracts in the state, and enhancements to our education and life insurance. Details of the agreement are available for review on the MNA Web site.

As a committee we feel great about the gains we have made in this contract in regard to the much-needed staffing language.

We are recommending a YES vote to ratify the contract. In addition, we will be formally withdrawing our 10-day strike notice (the strike was set to begin at 7:00 a.m. on September 14th) pending the expected ratification of this contract by our membership.

Voting will be this Friday, September 10th at the “Coppertop Church” United Methodist Church at 230 E. Skyline Parkway from 6 am until 8 pm.

Your SMDC RN Bargaining Team:

Steve Strand, Mary Ann Starkovich-Hirsch, Pat Dwyer, Dolly Dahl, Kellie Brickson, Kelly Hoenig, Terry Bronniche, Margaret Bates

One Response to “BREAKING NEWS: Tentative Agreement Reached for SMDC Nurses in Duluth!”


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