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Press Release - Baudette residents show support for LakeWood workers
Minnesota Nurses Association

Baudette residents support LakeWood workers

 

 
Contact:
Rick Fuentes
(office) 651-414-2863
(cell) 612-741-0662
rick.fuentes@mnnurses.org

Contact in Baudette:
Laura Hundt
(cell) 651-202-8556
laura.hundt@mnnurses.org


 
 

 
(Baudette) – August 19, 2015 – More than 150 yard signs are springing up all over Baudette to support workers at LakeWood Health and Care Center.  Residents are installing  "I support MNA LakeWood Employees" signs in their yards to show they stand with LakeWood Health Center employees who are bargaining for a fair contract as part of Minnesota Nurses Association.

"We are grateful for the overwhelming support," said Bargaining Unit Chair Jamie Johnson. "Employees are simply asking for a fair contract so we can live here and raise our families in this great community."

LakeWood employees overwhelmingly voted to be represented by MNA last year and have been trying to negotiate a fair contract since December 16, 2014.  Employees have asked management to respect their vote and reach agreement on a contract that provides for equity and stability, but those wishes have been rejected so far.
 
"We voted for MNA because we want to be assured of fair treatment and have that in our contract," Johnson said.  "We want a voice where we work, wages that respect our experience, and input on rules and policies.  With a fair contract, we'll know just that."

Negotiations have yet to even approach economics of a new contract.   Without a contract, LakeWood employees say they may have to find other work.  Baudette residents have told LakeWood employees they hope the signs of support bring an agreement and persuade them to stay in the community.

"LakeWood employees care about our patients and our community," said Johnson. "We want to make sure every patient continues to receive the best care and services possible. We live and work in this community and want to make sure LakeWood provides quality care for every patient."

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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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