Healthcare Workers On Front Line of COVID-19 Vow to Continue Fight For Safe Hospitals for Workers and Patient, New Strike Date TBD
Minneapolis & Shakopee – Just days after healthcare workers announced they overwhelmingly voted to authorize an unfair labor practice strike, Allina declared that it will take legal action regarding any picketing during the strike. In other words, Allina is now arguing that the frontline, essential healthcare workers going on strike cannot legally picket. Although the Union believes that Allina’s legal theory defies common sense and has no merit in any event, the Union is postponing the strike out of an abundance of caution. A new strike date will be announced in the near future.
In response to the news, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota President Jamie Gulley released the following statement:
“We have never seen an employer use this tactic before. It is stunning to see the lengths Allina is apparently willing to go to stop frontline healthcare workers from standing up for safe working conditions for healthcare workers who take care of Minnesota families. This would be beyond the pale during normal times, but seeing how far they are seemingly willing to go to stop healthcare workers from standing up for what is right during a global pandemic is hard to fathom,” said Gulley. “Out of an abundance of caution we are postponing this strike, but these ridiculous stall tactics are only serving to motivate these amazing healthcare workers to stand stronger for what is right for both the workers and the patients they serve.”
SEIU Healthcare Minnesota represents over 40,000 healthcare and long term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home care across Minnesota