One day after nurses at five Twin Cities hospital systems agreed to limit the scope of bargaining to wages, negotiators for the two sides reached a tentative agreement over the terms of a new, three-year contract that, if ratified by members, would go into effect June 1.
The Minnesota Nurses Association, which represents more than 6,000 nurses covered by metro-wide bargaining, announced the tentative agreement last night.
Nurses at Children’s Hospitals in Minneapolis and St. Paul; Fairview hospitals at Southdale and Riverside; HealthEast’s Bethesda, St. John’s and St. Joseph’s hospitals; North Memorial Medical Center; and Methodist Hospital will take a ratification vote next Tuesday.
By agreeing to wage-only negotiations, nurses ensured that their existing pension and health benefits, as well as grievance and other protections, remain unchanged over the next three-plus years.
Allina Health, which employs about 6,000 Twin Cities nurses represented by the MNA, opted against participating in metro-wide bargaining. This includes nurses at Abbott Northwestern, Phillips Eye Institute, and Mercy, United and Unity hospitals.
The two sides will begin bargaining “at a later date,” the union said, adding that Allina nurses plan “a rally to inform and unify” members of their unit Feb. 6.