- Twin City Hospitals
Last week, the bargaining committee from the Twin City Hospitals (Fairview: Southdale, Riverside and St. John’s Hospitals, PN Methodist, North Memorial and Children’s) made progress on a number of Union priorities including significant progress on new Health and Safety language around workplace violence. We also made significant progress on language around racial justice, equity and inclusion. While we have a long way to go, we appreciate the positive engagement around the issues important to our members. This week the parties will begin working on economic items as well. We encourage all members in the Twin City Hospitals to stand behind your bargaining committee as they work to bargain the best agreement possible. For updates and copies of proposals from the Union and Twin City Hospital group please check the website here.
- Allina Hospitals
The Allina Hospital bargaining team also met with management last week. Unfortunately, Allina management has taken a more confrontational tone in bargaining this year than they have in the past. Hospitals around the state have been working cooperatively with our members to achieve positive agreements on health and safety, workplace violence, racial justice, equity and inclusion. We have not made any progress to date on these items with Allina. So far management has been focused on advancing proposals that would move our contract backward. We hope and will try our best to change the dynamic at the table with Allina this week. The Techs from St. Francis Hospital will bargain again with Allina on Tuesday and the Master Contract Hospitals will bargain on Thursday. We encourage all members in the Allina Hospitals to stand behind your bargaining committee as they work to negotiate the best agreement possible. For updates and copies of proposals from Allina Master contract negotiations please check the website here.
- Mayo St. Marys
Last week, the Union bargaining team spent two days preparing for negotiations with Mayo Clinic management. The team hopes to finalize proposals by the end of next week as we prepare for bargaining to kick off in March. The team includes a mix of veteran negotiators and new members to the team who are excited and eager to start bargaining for a new contract.
- Cook County NorthShore Hospital and Health Center
This week on Thursday, the Union bargaining team will meet again with management at Cook County Northshore Hospital and Health Center in Grand Marais. We will have the assistance of a state appointed mediator for this final day of scheduled negotiations.
As a public sector facility covered by the Minnesota Charitable Hospitals Act, the members do not have the right to strike but can submit areas of disagreement to binding arbitration. We are hopeful for progress this week, but the members have empowered the committee to submit the remaining issues to arbitration if we fail to reach a favorable settlement. We will report back more next week.
- More Negotiations to Come
SEIU Members at hospitals in Albert Lea and Cloquet, Minnesota will soon begin preparations for their next round of contract negotiations. In addition, the members at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Brainerd will open negotiations for the third-year wage increase to their contract. Members should look for bargaining surveys and bargaining committee nominations in the weeks ahead.