MNA Negotiations Update April 14, 2016

April 14, 2016:  First session of full negotiations

Your negotiating team came to the table with a strong voice to advocate for patients and nurses today.

In our opening statements, we called on management to agree to a contract that works for nurses and Allina Health.

We provided detailed proposals to Allina Health management to improve staffing, education, workplace safety, hours, posting and granting positions, and leaves of absence.

Our proposals are based on input from members – what you’ve told us is important to you. We all know how critical it is to stand united in the face of management’s attempts to destroy our voice and our union.

Our negotiations are about more than health insurance – they are about sustaining our voice for our patients and our profession. We will keep that power when we’re united and show we’ll fight together.

Today’s proposals ensure we continue to have a voice to advocate for our patients. Read our proposals on MNA’s website.

We asked Allina to “be a leader in the community and address what is a safe number of patients” for nurses to care for at one time, and to “lead the change of the staffing narrative from saving pennies to saving lives.” We asked management to talk openly about what will improve patients’ care environment.

We emphasized the need to keep the MNA health insurance plans.

We requested transparency in job postings and consistency in the process of offering jobs. Management made a counter proposal and we’re requesting more information about it.

If we lose our voice, we lose the power to protect our patients. As nurses, we will all continue to advocate for our patients and our profession. Stay strong.

The next negotiation session is April 21.

Watch a video of today’s opening statements or visit MNA’s website to see our proposals and Request for Information, and visit your MNA hospital Facebook pages for updates.

Mark your calendar for the April 23 All-Nurse meeting at the Ramada Plaza in Minneapolis scheduled from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at 1330 Industrial Drive NE.

About MNA:

With more than 20,000 members in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin, MNA is the leading organization for registered nurses in the Midwest and is among the oldest and largest representatives of RNs for collective bargaining in the nation.  Established in 1905, MNA is a multi-purpose organization that fosters high standards for nursing education and practice, and works to advance the profession through legislative activity.  MNA is an affiliate of National Nurses United.

About NNU:

National Nurses United, with close to 185,000 members in every state, is the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in U.S. history.

NNU was founded in 2009 unifying three of the most active, progressive organizations in the U.S.—and the major voices of unionized nurses—in the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, United American Nurses, and Massachusetts Nurses Association.
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