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Press Release: Labor Board Finds Merit in MNA Charges Against Allina Health
Minnesota Nurses Association

Labor Board Finds Merit in MNA Charges Against Allina Health

 

NLRB to file complaints against hospitals


For Immediate Release
 

Contact:  Rick Fuentes

(o) 651-414-2863
(c) 612-741-0662
rick.fuentes@mnnurses.org

 

Barbara Brady

(o) 651-414-2849
(c) 651-202-0845
barbara.brady@mnnurses.org


 

(St. Paul) - August 22, 2016 - The National Labor Relations Board has notified the Minnesota Nurses Association that investigators have found merit in five charges filed in May, 2016 against Allina Health for failing to provide necessary information to nurses involved in bargaining. 

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Allina Health has been trying to force nurses to bargain in the dark," said Rose Roach, MNA executive director.  "Nurses haven't had the information they need to counter Allina proposals or make their own.  Allina has used the access to information to tilt the advantage in negotiations their way since the beginning."

MNA filed charges against Allina Health for repeatedly refusing to give nurses information they need to bargain effectively during the ongoing talks for a new three-year contract.  Nurses have repeatedly asked for details regarding staffing and workplace violence.  Specifically, in regard to workplace violence, nurses requested the number of their co-workers who had been injured badly enough to receive workers' compensation and how many had filed reports due to injuries, including assaults on the job.  In regard to staffing, nurses asked for budgeted employee time and plans that include hours of care per patient day (HPPD) and for patient satisfaction scores. 

The National Labor Relations Board will continue to process these charges.  The next step is filing a federal complaint against Allina Health’s five hospitals, unless Allina Health takes immediate steps to comply with the law.

"MNA has been reviewing Allina Health’s actions and will be taking any and all appropriate steps, including the filing of more unfair labor practice charges," Roach said.
 
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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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