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Nurses and Children's Hospitals of Minnesota reach tentative agreement to stop potential strike

Nurses and Children's Hospitals of Minnesota reach tentative agreement to stop potential strike Photo: KSTP

June 19, 2019 06:24 AM

Nurses representing the Minnesota Nurses Association and Children's Hospitals of Minnesota have reach a tentative agreement on a three-year contract and have withdrawn the threat of a nurses strike.

According to a statement from the MNA, the two groups met over a 21-hour session to address issues, chiefly the cost of health insurance for the nurses.

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In the agreement the hospital has agreed to cap the rate of increase of their insurance plan to match the increase the hospital must pay. Additionally the hospital has agreed to increase nurses wages by 3%/3%/2.25% for 2019, 2020 and 2021. 

"Nurses are happy that Children's recognized that the cost of insurance is a concern that affects the hospital's competitiveness of attracting and retaining nurses," said Michelle Cotterell, a sedation nurse at Children's Minneapolis campus.  "Nurses will work with hospital management to address the rising costs of insurance together," Cotterell said.

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The agreement will also allow more flexibility for employees to use education money.

In a statment, Katie Penson, Senior Director of Clinical Services-Critical Care at Children's Minnesota said "We are pleased that we have reached a tentative agreement on a new three year contract with MNA nurses. Children's has come to the bargaining table each time in good faith, and both sides have accomplished a lot over the last several bargaining sessions. We have improved workplace safety, boosted wages, and agreed to improvements on other issues recognizing the important work nurses do for Children's every day. Our goal from the start was to come to an agreement that works for everyone. We successfully accomplished this, while at the same time ensuring that care for our patients and families remains best-in-class.".

This cancels the vote to authorize a strike and the agreement will now be voted on for ratification by the MNA on Thursday, June 20.

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