Media Advisory:  Nurses Strike Day 1
Minnesota Nurses Association

Media Advisory: Nurses Strike Day 1

Nurses will be escorted out of Allina hospitals

Contact:  Rick Fuentes

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


Barbara Brady

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

(St. Paul) - June 19, 2016 - Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association will go on strike at 7 a.m. Sunday, June 19, but they expect to be escorted out of Allina Health hospitals likely between 5 a.m. - 7 a.m.  Before they can leave, nurses "give report" or inform the next caregiver what assessments or treatments they've given to their assigned patients.  Nurses will give report to their managers about the patients they are currently caring for before they leave.  Hospital managers will then give report and assign those patients to replacement nurses. 

Nurses will picket in shifts outside Allina hospitals from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. for 7 days.  The strike officially ends Sunday, June 26, at 7 a.m.  Nurses will report back to work if Allina has called them back to work.  

Nurses are engaging in an Unfair Labor Practice Strike that begins at 7 a.m. Sunday, June 19.  MNA has filed numerous ULPs against Allina Health in part for failing to provide information nurses need to negotiate and for failing to bargain on non-economic issues in the contract.

Members will be available to talk to reporters.  MNA staff will also be there to assist.

What: Nurses being led off the job; nurses picketing

When: 5 a.m.-7 a.m. with picketing from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Where: Allina hospitals:  Abbott Northwestern, Mercy, Phillips Eye Institute, United, Unity

Why:  Nurses are going on strike due to numerous Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) violations made by the employer, Allina Health, to bargain fairly



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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