RNs - Minnesota

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Hibbing Nurses Welcomed Back To Work

Northland's NewsCenter, July 14, 2011 Hibbing - Administration welcomed Hibbing nurses back to work today after a 3–day strike. Nurses gathered near the entrance of the Fairview owned Range Regional Health Services this morning and, in a show of solidarity, walked in together to start their shifts. Representatives from the Minnesota Nursing (sic) Association have been bargaining with hospital administration for nearly a year in an effort to reach a contract compromise. Stumbling blocks include staffing levels, concerns over patient safety and a proposed time–off plan. As of today, each side is holding on its position. ... Hibbing

Nurses start 3-day strike in Hibbing

Associated Press, July 12, 2011 Hibbing - A three-day strike by about 150 registered nurses has begun at a hospital and clinic in Hibbing, but officials of Fairview-owned Range Regional Health Services say medical care continues with 40 temporary nurses. The Star Tribune reports that no new talks are scheduled. The strike began Monday.  The Minnesota Nurses Association says staffing levels are too low and the new contract would have put pressure on nurses to work sick or when they were too tired. Hospital executive Mitch Vincent says that last month the Hibbing nurses rejected a three-year offer that included a 3.5 percent pay raise. He says it also would have set up a nurse-management committee to consider staffing levels.

Nurses Strike in Hibbing

Renee Passal, WDIO, July 11, 2011 They switched out their scrubs for red T-shirts, and stethoscopes for signs. 150 nurses from the Fairview Range hospital in Hibbing are now on strike. Their presence was like a cloud of red, outside of the entrances to the hospital. "We want this to be a message that we want to go back to the bargaining table, and get a fair deal that is acceptable to the nurses," said April Klander, chair of the MNA bargaining team for the nurses. The nurses and hospital have been negotiating since September of last year. Two prior contracts were voted down by the nurses. Sticking points remain staffing levels ... Nurses

Hibbing Nurses Begin Day One of Strike

Northland's NewsCenter, July 11, 2011 Hibbing - Hibbing nurses on strike picketed on the street corners near the entrances of Fairview University Medical Center Mesabi today. Representatives of the Minnesota Nurses Association have been negotiating with hospital administration for nearly one year to settle on a contract compromise. The main sticking points include staffing levels, patient safety and a proposed time off or PTO plan. Many nurses say the current staffing levels bring along enough responsibility to maintain patient safety. They worry accepting the PTO proposal would affect the hospitals ability to hire and keep nurses on staff. ... Hibbing

Hibbing Nurses and Administration Prepare for Strike

Northland's NewsCenter, July 8, 2011 Hibbing - Nurses at the Fairview owned Range Regional Health Services spent the day preparing for next week's 3 day strike. Hibbing Nurses with the Minnesota Nursing Association spent Friday organizing and creating picket signs for the 3 day strike set to begin Monday. Representatives from the MNA have been bargaining with hospital administration for nearly one year. They're trying to reach a contract compromise involving staffing levels, patient safety and a proposed time off plan. ... Hibbing

We have no choice but to move in the direction of a strike

While we have authorized our bargaining team leaders to call for a strike, no strike date has been set. It remains our goal to avoid a strike entirely and negotiate a contract that protects both our patients and our profession. Minnesota Nurses Association, June 16, 2011 We union-represented nurses of Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital would like the public to know our reasoning behind the recently announced strike vote. We feel we have bargained in good faith, moving proposals forward and rescinding and decreasing some of our proposals in an effort to reach an agreement. In response to our efforts, hospital executives gave us a “last, best and final” offer ... We

Nurses cancel threatened strike in Hibbing

Associated Press, April 29, 2011 Hibbing - Registered nurses have canceled a strike that was threatened against a Hibbing hospital next week. Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association pulled their strike notice after progress was made in a 12-hour bargaining session Thursday with Range Regional Health Services hospital. The strike was scheduled to begin Wednesday and last three days. The MNA says a federal mediator made a proposal that both sides feel is worth being voted on by union members. ... Nurses

Nurses Strike Averted

Northland's NewsCenter, April 29, 2011 A nurses strike, planned in Hibbing for next week, has been averted. After nurses union leaders met with Fairview University Medical Center administration and a mediator yesterday, the strike notice was pulled. Nurses had been set to walk out on a three day strike beginning next Wednesday but that has been put on hold as both sides consider a proposal put forth by the federal mediator. Both sides have agreed not to discuss details of the agreement at this time. Hibbing nurses have been without a contract since last fall and have had nearly a dozen negotiating sessions with hospital administration since then. The stumbling blocks in the negotiations included staffing levels, work environment and input on how patients are medically treated.

Hibbing nurses set 3-day strike

Associated Press, April 22, 2011 Hibbing - Nurses have scheduled a three-day strike next month at the Range Regional Health Services hospital in Hibbing. The Minnesota Nurses Association says nurses Friday delivered to management their 10-day intent-to-strike notice, as required by federal labor laws. The strike is set to begin at 7 AM Wednesday, May 4, and end at 7 AM Saturday, May 7. It would involve about 150 nurses. The two sides have been negotiating for nearly nine months. The union says the main sticking points have been staffing levels, scheduling and a management proposal that lumps sick days and vacation days together. Another negotiating session is scheduled for next Thursday.

Unanimous - Hibbing Nurses Vote to Strike

Fox 21 News, April 15, 2011 Hibbing - Nurses at Fairview University Medical Center in Hibbing are unanimous ... they vote to strike tonight. This after months of unsuccessful negotiations between the nurses and hospital management. Cuts to benefits and flexible shifts are a few of the sticking points.  But most importantly, nurses say safe patient–staff ratios are preventing them from doing their job. April Klander, a Hibbing nurse says, "Anybody in corporate or higher up, the bottom line does come out to be the dollar.  It has now instead of patient care has become a business." Details of when the nurses will strike or for how long have not yet been decided.

Hibbing Nurses Vote to Authorize Strike

KBJR News 1, April 15, 2011 Hibbing - 150 nurses at Fairview University Medical Center Mesabi in Hibbing voted Friday night to authorize nurse leaders to call for a strike. “For nearly nine months, hospital executives have turned a deaf ear toward our concerns about staffing levels and the safety of our patients,” said April Klander, RN, chair of the Minnesota Nurses Association’s (MNA) bargaining team at RRHS. “They have forced us into this situation, and our nurses have responded loud and clear: We’re willing to strike for our patients and our profession.” ... Hibbing

Hibbing nurses vote to authorize a strike on Range Regional Health Services

Associated Press, April 15, 2011 Hibbing - Nurses at Range Regional Health Services in Hibbing have voted to authorize their union to strike. The Minnesota Nurses Association isn't disclosing the percentages of the vote nor how many of the approximately 150 nurses in the bargaining unit turned out on Friday. The vote permits the union to call for a strike at any time, though federal labor laws require the hospital be given at least 10 days notice. The two sides have been negotiating for nearly nine months. The union says the main sticking points have been staffing levels, scheduling and a management proposal that lumps sick days and vacation days together.

Iron Range nurses taking strike vote

Workday Minnesota, April 15, 2011 Hibbing - After months of unsuccessful negotiations, 150 registered nurses at Fairview-owned Range Regional Health Services are voting today whether to authorize their nurse leaders to call for a strike. “Hospital executives have left us no choice,” said April Klander, RN, chair of the Minnesota Nurses Association’s bargaining team at RRHS. “Our nurses continue to have critical concerns related to staffing levels and the safety of our patients, yet management refuses to adequately address these concerns. We cannot continue in good conscience working in situations and circumstances that continually put our patients and ourselves at risk.” ... Iron

Nurses union protests new security at Saint Joseph's

Guards replace off-duty cops four nights a week in the emergency room. Christopher Snowbeck, Saint Paul Pioneer Press, April 14, 2011 Nurses at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Saint Paul are sounding alarms over a change in emergency room security staff. In January, the hospital stopped using off-duty police officers to provide security seven nights per week in the emergency room. Instead, it handed the duty to hospital security guards on Sunday through Wednesday evenings. The union for nurses at the hospital opposes the change, saying it puts hospital workers at risk. ... Nurses

Hibbing Nurses Turn to Negotiate Contracts

FOX 21 News, November 8, 2010 Hibbing - More than 150 nurses in Hibbing find themselves in the same spot nurses from Duluth and the Twin Cities were in earlier this year. Nurses at Fairview University Medical Center-Mesabi are currently working without a contract. Their old one expired just over a week ago. The sticking point is again safe patient-nurse ratios. “We have a lot of the similar issues so we kind of knew it wasn't going to be a fast negotiation and that we would be doing more of what we call ‘traditional bargaining’ rather than doing a lot of talking trying to work with the proposals each side wants,” says April Klander ... Hibbing

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