MNA Unionizes 350 RNs from new Children’s Hospital

3 Dec

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: John Nemo, MNA, 651-414-2863

ST. PAUL (December 3, 2010) – More than 350 Twin Cities RNs will be joining the Minnesota Nurses Association under a recent agreement the union reached with officials from the University of Minnesota’s Amplatz Children’s Hospital.

The nurses will be working on the new Riverside Campus of Amplatz Children’s Hospital (2450 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis), which is slated to open in March 2011.

“We are delighted to reach an agreement that allows these nurses the rights, privileges and protections that union membership provides,” said Barb Martin, RN, one of the MNA nurse leaders who helped broker the agreement. “I really believe it was the collective effort of more than 12,000 Twin Cities nurses this spring and summer during our contract negotiations that helped demonstrate to officials at Amplatz just what an important and influential role MNA RNs play in health care delivery in this market.”

Amplatz’s new 227,000 square foot facility will focus on pediatric and maternal services for its patients and is being touted as Minnesota’s first eco-friendly or “green” children’s hospital.

“This is a great day for the future patients at Amplatz’s Riverside Campus,” said Jody Haggy, RN, who worked closely with Martin and other MNA leaders in helping reach the agreement with the hospital. “Union nurses covered by MNA contracts are able to have an important and influential voice in patient safety issues at their hospitals, and I know the nurses at Amplatz will put that voice to good use.”

Founded in 1905, the Minnesota Nurses Association represents more than 20,000 nurses across the state.

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