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Nurses reach deals at Twin Cities, Duluth hospitals, avoid strike


December 7, 2022

Alex Kormann, Star Tribune

St. Luke's in Duluth was among those announcing a tentative contract with its nurses, potentially avoiding a strike.

Nurses reached tentative contracts with 15 Twin Cities and Duluth area hospitals, avoiding strikes amid an increase in respiratory diseases and patients.

Negotiators in marathon sessions Monday and early Tuesday closed a gap in wage demands, agreeing to 18% raises over three years for nurses in the Twin Cities at Allina Health, Children's Minnesota, M Health Fairview, North Memorial Health and Health Partners' Methodist Hospital. Tentative contracts for Essentia Health and St. Luke's nurses in Duluth offer 17% raises and other bonuses.

"For years, hospital executives have been pushing nurses out of the profession by understaffing our units and under-valuing our nurses," said Mary Turner, president of the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) and an intensive care nurse at North Memorial Health. "This tentative agreement will help to keep nurses at the bedside."


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