The Minnesota Nurses Association announced Saturday that its nurses reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract with St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. The announcement came after a marathon 17-hour negotiation session.
The negotiation team is recommending a “yes” vote.
“Nurses are pleased this agreement addresses the staffing crisis and ensures there are enough nurses to care for patients safely,” the union said in a statement. “The tentative agreement stipulates nurses will be paid short staffing bonuses if they are called in when the hospital cannot keep up with number of patients or the severity of patient conditions. St. Luke’s nurses also won the same workplace violence measures that MNA nurses in the Twin Cities agreed to in their contracts this past June.”
The agreement will bring St. Luke’s nurses to parity with nurses at Essentia hospitals, with wage of 3%, 3.8%, and 2.25% over three years, respectively.
The MNA said it will pull the strike notice filed with St. Luke’s Hospital for the scheduled work stoppage scheduled on October 3. Nurses have been negotiating with St. Luke’s management since May 15. The contract expired on June 30. Read this week’s Labor World for more on the story.