STATES CHRONICLE – Things are not going so good for the Allina Health. Their nurses decided they will go on strike on Labor Day.This comes after many months of negotiations about a new three-year contract. There was a one-strike in June because the nurses did not want to the contract Allina offered to them. Union leader announced the strike at a news conference and they are ready to be out as long as it takes.
Allina Health could not get along with the nurses. It seems that they wanted concession on health benefits before taking care of the nurses’ request to improve staffing and make the workplace safer. Nurses could not agree with that. They said that the company wanted them to concede on issues and after than they might talk about what nurses want.
There are more than 4800 nurses that will go on strike, from five hospitals. (Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, United Hospital in St. Paul, Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and Unity Hospital in Fridley). What did Allina say about this strike? They are disappointed because they think nurses are walking away from patient care. The company wants a settlement, but first they want the nurses to come back to work.
The real problem is what patients will do. They don’t have to worry because Allina has to hire temporary nurses to maintain patient care. The company is already used to it because they had to hire 1400 replacements in the first week nurses went on strike. Moreover, the cost of this event is more than 20 million dollars for the health system.
We do not know how long it will take for the nurses to come back to work. The two sides agreed to retain two of the union plans, but there were other problems who lead to this strike. Allina officials do not like the union plans while nurses have their own ideas about how they should be treated. Nurses want also safety training on how to behave with violent patients and a guarantee of a security guard that will stay in the emergency rooms if something happens.
We will see what will happen and how long nurses will continue the strike. It would be better for them to negotiate again with Allina Health. This strike affects the patients and the health system.
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