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Nurses reach tentative agreement with North Memorial hospitals

Nurses reach tentative agreement with North Memorial hospitals Photo: MGN Images

Updated: June 27, 2019 03:47 PM

Nurses represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract North Memorial Health hospitals, the nurses association announced in a news release Thursday.

MNA said nurses have been disciplined if they clock out indicating they did not receive a break that shift. That has forced nurses to work without pay or face retaliation. The hospital agreed that more education would be done in-person, rather than online, to prevent nurses from trying to complete education while also taking care of patients, MNA said. 

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North nurses also will receive the same workplace violence protection language and pay raises offered to other nurses in Metro Twin Cities hospitals, and they'll no longer have to care for a patient who has assaulted them. Plus, they'll receive three days sick time if they are seriously assaulted, and take part in post-incident meetings to investigate and help prevent future violent incidents.

MNA nurses at North will receive pay raises over three years of 3%, 3%, and 2.25% percent, respectively, the nurses assocation said.

North nurses will vote to ratify the agreement on Tuesday, July 2.

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