Nurses at Allina, other Minnesota hospitals plan picketing

Nurses at Twin Cities hospitals in Minnesota will hold informational pickets May 22, 23 and 29 amid contract negotiations, the union that represents them announced.

Since March, the Minnesota Nurses Association has been in negotiations with Minneapolis-based Allina Health, as well as Fairview Health Services, Children's and HealthEast hospital systems, all based in the Twin Cities area. The union has also been in negotiations with Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis, and Robbinsdale, Minn.-based North Memorial Health.

However, the MNA and hospitals have not reached agreements that can be sent to a vote by nurses, union leaders said in a news release. Key sticking points in negotiations include workplace safety, staffing, wages and benefits.

The contract talks come three years after Allina Health nurses called two strikes. Allina nurses went on strike in June 2016 for seven days and again in September and October 2016, primarily over health benefits.  

The next bargaining sessions are scheduled at Methodist on May 22, Fairview on May 23 and Allina and Children's on May 24. North Memorial is also scheduling additional dates.


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