This morning, the Minnesota Nurses Association hand-delivered proposals to Allina Health. We received Allina’s proposals at the same time.
Several weeks ago, MNA proposed to Allina Health an exchange of proposals on or before April 1, 2016, so that both parties would be ready to negotiate on April 14, 2016.
MNA made a limited and focused number of proposals for this phase of negotiations in order to enhance the possibility of reaching an agreement prior to June 1, 2016.
Important goals for the advancement of the profession that we heard from MNA nurses:
1. Increase in Education Dollars: MNA proposes increases in tuition reimbursement to $5,000 per year and workshop dollars to $1,000 per year. We believe that it is important that all Master’s degrees are recognized for reimbursement.
2. Promoting Straight Shift Hiring: MNA proposes to discontinue day/night rotations unless the nurse agrees. Multiple studies have shown that rotating night shifts put nurses at risk. MNA proposes to limit the consecutive number of 8/12 hour shifts unless the nurse agrees.
3. Violent Episodes in the Workplace: MNA proposes new education and monitoring of violent episodes in the workplace.
4. Patient Safety: MNA proposes the hospitals adopt nurse-to-patient ratios. MNA is also stressing how important it is for the hospitals to provide nurses dedicated break coverage. We believe this is the surest way for you to receive your meal break more regularly.
5. Transparency in Job Postings: MNA has heard that there are a number of problems with the current job posting process. Our proposals seek to improve and make more transparent how positions are posted and granted.
6. FMLA: MNA proposes that nurses who work at least .5 FTE be eligible for FMLA.
MNA will bring forward a wage proposal after bargaining starts.
ALLINA HEALTH PROPOSALS
Elimination of MNA Health Plans:
On February 25, 2016, MNA nurses voted to reject Allina Health’s proposal to eliminate the MNA health plans. Allina Health proposes, again, to eliminate the MNA health plans, saying that the reduction in benefits for MNA nurses is justified because some employees have plans with lower premiums but higher out-of-pocket costs. Allina Health refused to take a leap of faith and work with MNA over time to address health insurance concerns.
Failed Promises on Protecting Patients: Once again Allina Health asks MNA nurses to take another leap of faith to discuss staffing and acuity. Do you remember? Allina Health proposed in 2007 a committee to explore the feasibility of an acuity system. Nothing happened. In 2010, Allina Health agreed to address staffing and acuity issues in a new contract. Nothing happened. In 2016, Allina Health once again proposes to explore the potential of improving staffing through the same commitment that has already existed for 12 years. They had over a decade to respond. Nothing will happen.
Look for your local MNA Lunch and Learns on your unit.
Please check your MNA facility Facebook page for letters of support from your fellow MNA members, and be sure to visit www.mnnurses.org/allinapetition to sign a petition calling on Allina to negotiate a contract that works for nurses, not just Allina.
Remember to wear red and MNA buttons on bargaining dates: April 14, April 21, April 28, May 3, May 10, and May 17.
Need a MNA yard sign? Let your bargaining team know.