Press Release:  MNA Nurses Offer to Assist Allina Hospitals During Strike
Minnesota Nurses Association

MNA Nurses Offer to Assist Allina Hospitals During Strike


Hospitals Can Call MNA Nurse Teams for Emergencies


For Immediate Release

Contact:  Rick Fuentes

(o) 651-414-2863
(c) 612-741-0662


Barbara Brady

(o) 651-414-2849
(c) 651-202-0845

(St. Paul) - September 4, 2016 - Minnesota Nurses Association nurses at Allina Health hospitals have created a Patient Protection Task Force to be ready and available to respond to an emergency situation in Allina hospitals during the upcoming strike.  Nurses have agreed they would return to their hospital to assist in medical emergencies, even as the strike progresses.

"Nurses care for their patients, even beyond the bedside," said Angela Becchetti, Registered Nurse at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.  "If Allina calls us, we would come back in to deal with medical emergencies."

The Minnesota Nurses Association has alerted Allina management that, regardless of the time of day, they can call MNA to arrange for assistance.  Selected nurses will return to their duties inside the hospital for the time requested or needed to handle the emergency, even as the strike continues outside the facility.

"MNA nurses have always responded to emergencies on their own just like the 35 W bridge collapse when hundreds of nurses showed up at every metro hospital to assist with potential needs," Becchetti said. 

Nurses from each facility have signed up to be on the Patient Protection Task Force to respond when replacement nurses cannot handle an emergent situation alone.  Allina officials can call one of three phone numbers to request help, according to the facility in need.
  • Abbott Northwestern and Phillips Eye Institute (651) 252-5195
  • United (651) 242-0102
  • Mercy and Unity (651) 788-2260
Nurses still plan to hold an open-ended Unfair Labor Practice Strike to start at 7 a.m. on Monday, September 5.  Negotiations with Allina Health broke down at 6 a.m. Saturday, September 3, when mediators told the nurses' negotiating team that Allina had ended negotiations and decided to leave.  No new negotiations date has been set.

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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