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15,000 nurses in Minnesota maintain historic strike to prioritize sufferers earlier than income

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Nationwide Nurse Journal -July | Aug | Sept 2022 Difficulty

Some 15,000 nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Affiliation (MNA) returned to work mid-September after a historic three-day strike, believed to be the biggest private-sector nurses’ strike in United States historical past. All through the strike at 15 hospitals within the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) and Twin Ports (Duluth, Minn.-Superior, Wis.), an amazing variety of nurses walked the picket line at every hospital, joined by sufferers, fellow employees, elected officers, and different group supporters.

Every day of the strike, nurses in each the Twin Cities and Twin Ports held day by day press conferences to focus on problems with understaffing, the corporatization of well being care, and parts of their contract proposals, together with paid household go away, retention, scheduling, and extra.

Nurses have been bargaining for six months over new contracts, in search of adjustments to deal with the disaster of understaffing and retention in our hospitals. There is no such thing as a scarcity of nurses in Minnesota, however deteriorating care and dealing circumstances are driving extra nurses to go away the bedside.

“Out on the picket line, nurses constructed our collective energy like by no means earlier than,” stated Mary C. Turner, RN at North Memorial Hospital and MNA president. “When our executives refuse to completely employees our hospitals and proceed to push nurses out of the career, that could be a public well being disaster. I hope the collective motion of 15,000 nurses this week exhibits our CEOs that we’re critical about fixing this disaster – and I hope hospital executives will lastly be part of us to work in direction of options. Nurses stand able to return to the bargaining desk subsequent week to settle honest contracts to enhance care and dealing circumstances on the bedside.”

In contract negotiations, MNA nurses are asking for a seat on the desk when staffing selections are made, to deal with under-staffing and overwork and to maintain extra nurses on the bedside. However in six months of negotiations, hospital executives with million-dollar salaries have refused to barter with nurses over options to the crises of short-staffing, retention, and affected person care. Contracts for nurses within the Twin Cities expired on Could 31, and contracts for nurses within the Twin Ports expired on June 30, 2022.

“Company well being care insurance policies are devastating our communities, care on the bedside, and well being care employees,” stated Chris Rubesch, RN at Essentia Duluth and first vp of the Minnesota Nurses Affiliation. “Hospital executives are closing amenities and charging sufferers extra whereas taking dwelling multimillion-dollar salaries. This week, 1000’s of Duluth and Superior nurses joined nurses throughout the state to demand that hospital executives put the main focus the place it belongs in our hospitals: on affected person care on the bedside, not the underside line.”

On the ultimate day of the strike, Duluth nurses held rallies at each Essentia and St. Luke’s hospitals. Elected officers joined negotiating workforce members to talk to the crowds, urging hospital executives to return to the bargaining desk and settle a good contract that prioritizes secure affected person care.

After the strike concluded, nurses summarized negotiations to cut price honest contracts to guard affected person care and the nursing career on the bedside. Within the weeks following the strike, nurses have continued to place strain on hospital executives, encouraging them to come back to the negotiations desk and to settle a good contract.

Hospitals the place nurses went on strike are listed within the accompanying chart, together with the corresponding CEO’s compensation and pay ratio to the typical RN.

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