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New hospital contracts protect nurses' right to unionize

Workday Minnesota, May 18, 2007 Saint Paul - Registered nurses approved contracts with 13 Twin Cities hospitals including important provisions to protect their right to a union. In ballots counted Thursday night, members of the Minnesota Nurses Association approved the pacts covering 10,750 RNs. Negotiations began in February for nurses at six different health care systems, representing 13 facilities in the metro area. ... The new contracts contain language that the hospitals will not challenge the supervisory or managerial status of any current member of the bargaining units during the term of the contract. ... New

Nurses OK contracts at 13 hospitals

The contracts cover 10,750 registered nurses at 13 hospitals and include a structure for improving safety. HJ Cummins, Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 17, 2007 The nurses who work in 13 metro-area hospitals overwhelmingly approved new three-year contracts that provide 11 percent raises, preserve their health plans, and establish committees to address issues of safety and nurse staffing levels, the Minnesota Nurses Association said Thursday. One such committee, at Methodist Hospital, will have a budget "in the high six figures" for ergonomic equipment or other purchases for reducing patient and nurse injuries, said Arthur LaPoint, the hospital's human resources vice president. ... Nurses

Twin Cities RNs Overwhelmingly Approve Contracts Securing Nurses' Rights, Patient Safety

Minnesota Nurses Association, May 17, 2007 Saint Paul - 10,750 Registered Nurses in the Twin Cities have approved their contracts with 13 separate hospitals by wide margins today. "Like union struggles throughout the United States today, nurses saw unacceptable concessions presented by the employer, and we stood up and held our ground," said MNA President and United Hospital Co-Chair, Linda Slattengren, RN. "In fact, we have made unprecedented gains with contract language that protects bargaining unit status. I am confident this language will be a standard to benefit other nursing unions across the nation. Most importantly, these agreements are one step in our vision to advance nursing practice and to advocate for our patients by every means possible." ... Twin

Nurses seek improvements at Minneapolis Veterans Home

Barb Kucera, Workday Minnesota, March 27, 2007 Saint Paul - Saying veterans deserve better health care, nurses rallied Tuesday at the state Capitol to support increased staffing at the Minneapolis Veterans Home. Lawmakers addressed one of their concerns by approving legislation to limit forced overtime for state-employed nurses. The rally was part of the Minnesota Nurses Association annual Day on the Hill and drew hundreds of nurses to the Capitol. "We continue to see budget cuts without regard for human life," MNA President Linda Slattengren declared. "This human tragedy really has to stop. More nurses now!" ... Nurses

Hibbing nurses win victory as NLRB rules they are not supervisors

Linda Tyssen, Mesabi Daily News, October 3, 2006 Hibbing - Nurses at Golden Crest Healthcare Center in Hibbing won a victory Tuesday when the NLRB ruled they are not supervisors and thus will qualify for union benefits - seven years after RNs and LPNs voted to join the Steelworkers Union. Now Beverly Enterprises must negotiate a labor agreement with the USW covering those excluded workers at the facility now known as Golden Gate National Senior Center. The National Labor Relations Board ruled 3-0 (sic) that the RNs and LPNs did not exercise supervisory authority under the National Labor Relations Act. ... Hibbing

Unity RNs Vote for Representation With Minnesota Nurses Association

Nursing Influence Grows as 1,500 New Members Join MNA in Twelve Months.
Minnesota Nurses Association, May 31, 2006

Saint Paul - 460 Registered Nurses at Unity Hospital are more confident of being able to shape their own professional destiny because of their decision to achieve union representation through the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA). In election results today, the nurses overwhelmingly chose to align themselves with the Midwest's largest and most influential nursing organization in order to protect their rights and advance their profession. ... Unity

Minnesota's Nurses Demand Constitutional Amendment for Health Care

DFL's Senator Berglin & Republican Representative Howes Champion Legislation in Bi-Partisan Effort.
Minnesota Nurses Association, March 28, 2006

Saint Paul - Minnesota's Registered Nurses are calling for a Constitutional amendment affirming the right to health care for all Minnesotans. MNA members are taking their advocacy from the bedside to the state capitol on Tuesday, March 28 during its annual Nurses Day on the Hill. The Association that represents 19,000 Registered Nurses in the state will host a rally on the Capitol lawn supporting legislation intended to make a clear stipulation in the constitution that every Minnesotan has a right to health care. ... Minnesota

Hospital Patients Hiring Their Own Nurses

Dennis Douda, WCCO, December 26, 2005

Personal nurses are becoming part of a growing trend for people in the hospital.

When George O'Neill faced difficult knee surgery, he didn't think twice about hiring a personal nurse to take care of him and only him while he was in the hospital.

"I think the reason I wanted a private nurse was, number one, in order to be able to do the rehabbing, plus the fact they give you person attention," said O'Neill.

Private duty nurse Monika Brown spent 12 hours a day focusing on O'Neill's post-operation exercises and other nursing duties, including monitoring vials and medications. ... Hospital

HCMC nurses agree to union representation

Glenn Howatt, Star Tribune, December 6, 2005

At a time of potentially sweeping changes at Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC), the hospital's registered nurses have decided to be represented by a union.

The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) announced Monday that federal labor officials have certified it to be the representative for the 1,018 registered nurses at the downtown Minneapolis hospital.

The county is proceeding with plans that will make HCMC part of a separate public corporation in 2007. While the county board will retain oversight, the hospital will be governed by a new board that will set personnel policies, including employee benefits. ... HCMC

Minnesota Nurses Association to represent HCMC nurses

John Vomhof Jr., Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, December 5, 2005

Hennepin County Medical Center's 1,000 registered nurses have voted to join the Minnesota Nurses Association, the organization said Monday.

The Minnesota Nurses Association represents 18,000 statewide. The union is affiliated with the American Nurses Association, The United American Nurses and the AFL-CIO, which together represent about 100,000 nurses nationwide.

HCMC nurses previously did not belong to a union. ... Minnesota

MNA to Represent HCMC Registered Nurses

Minnesota Nurses Association, December 5, 2005

Saint Paul - 1,000 Registered Nurses at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis have chosen to shape the future of nursing and patient care at their facility, by achieving union representation with the Minnesota Nurses Association. MNA received notice from the Bureau of Mediation Services certifying that MNA has shown majority status. The Bureau has approved the joint request for certification of the Registered Nurses as HCMC. ... MNA

2 hospitals to drop licensed practical nurses

Glenn Howatt, Minneapolis Star Tribune, November 21, 2005

All 90 licensed practical nursing jobs at Mercy and Unity hospitals in the northern suburbs are being eliminated by next year, drawing criticism from unions that say the move is based more on saving money than improving quality.

The Coon Rapids and Fridley hospitals, which operate as one business, said the move to remove the licensed practical nurses (LPNs) was part of a plan to put more care-giving directly in the hands of the more highly trained registered nurses (RNs). ... 2 hospitals

Minnesota Nurses Association Elects New Leadership for New Century of Action

Minnesota Nurses Association, November 8, 2005

Saint Paul - The Minnesota Nurses Association celebrated one hundred years of representing nurses in Minnesota and introduced a new member leadership team at its annual meeting October 21 - 26.

Taking the reins as President of the 18,000 member organization is Linda Slattengren, RN, who practices at United Hospital in St. Paul. Ms. Slattengren has spent her 36-year career as a hospital bedside nurse, specializing in orthopedic care. ... Minnesota

Twin Cities nurses accept 3-year pacts

Donna Halvorsen, Minneapolis Star Tribune, May 19, 2004

Nearly 10,000 registered nurses at 13 Twin Cities hospitals, building on gains won in 2001, approved new three-year contracts in voting that ended Tuesday.

The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) did not release numbers, but union business agent Karen Patek said the vote in favor of the contracts was "really overwhelming, no question."

Union leader Linda Hamilton said the nurses "are unified like never before" and will "continue to be vigilant as we advance nursing principles throughout the life of this contract." ... Twin

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