Unanimous support for Allina nurses

Publish date: Thursday, September 15, 2016

In a show of solidarity, the MNU board of directors voted unanimously in favour of donating $2,000 to the Allina Nurses’ strike fund.

The 4,800 nurses, from hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis, are members of the Minnesota Nurses Association and have been on strike since Labour Day.

As they enter the second week of strike action, an impasse remains due to the employer’s refusal to address concerns over safe patient care staffing and workplace violence prevention.

The employer has also demanded substantial reductions in the nurses’ health coverage and if an agreement is not reached soon, the nurses will be without health insurance as of October 1, 2016.

“The safety and wellbeing of patients is always at the centre of what we do, but nurses are consistently being asked to do more with less,” said MNU president Sandi Mowat. “We share your concerns over patient safety and echo your call that violence in the workplace is unacceptable. Your determination and commitment to patient care is admirable and I want you to know that your 12,000 nursing neighbors are standing strong with you.”

No new negotiations have been scheduled since the strike began.

Click here for more information on the Allina Nurses negotiations

 

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