Twin Cities nurses picket, demand hospitals put patients over profits

“We can’t continue to try to take care of patients and not be able to provide the care that we know they deserve,” United nurse Brittany Livaccari said. “We’re ready to fight for our patients.”

Psych workers at M Health, Allina strike during Mental Health Awareness Month

How do you observe Mental Health Awareness Month when the crisis in your workplace continues to worsen? Over 400 mental health workers in the Twin Cities answered that question yesterday by going on strike for union contracts that address safety concerns and low wages in their industry. The one-day strike over unfair labor practices brought […]

Union members urge hospitals to address staffing shortfalls with higher wages

Workers have publicly offered to renegotiate their union contracts with Twin Cities hospitals in an effort to help address staffing shortfalls that, workers warned, are only getting worse.

After nearing strike at Allina, SEIU members at local hospitals ratify new contracts

Earlier this month, essential workers at United Hospital and seven other Allina Health facilities were ready to strike for a fair contract that respects their service on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the 4,000 members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota struck a last-minute agreement with Allina and overwhelmingly ratified the new contract. “We […]

Techs at two Allina hospitals begin 48-hour strike for health and safety protections

“Allina needs to take care of all of its employees,” technician Molly Wrobleski said. “Our community deserves better.”

Fighting for pandemic protections, workers at two Allina hospitals set new strike date

At issue is whether some 200 workers maintain pay and benefits if exposed to COVID-19 and forced to quarantine.

SPFT, district reach agreement, pledge to take on funding shortfalls together

Members of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers will not strike tomorrow, but they aren’t walking away from the fight for fully funded schools.

Teachers to large nonprofits: ‘We all have a stake’ in St. Paul schools

Tom Stinson, a school nurse at Harding Senior High, sat across a table from two representatives of Allina Health last month and painted an unsettling picture. “Our kids will usually go to the nurse in their school eight times before they access any health care outside the school,” Stinson said. “They don’t get to the […]

Allina nurses end strike, pledge to keep up fight for patient care, workplace safety

Allina nurses voted yesterday to ratify a three-year contract and end their historic strike at five Twin Cities facilities, but their fight for workplace safety, adequate staffing and respect on the job isn’t over. And after spending nearly a month and a half on the picket line this year, nurses know it’s a fight they […]

Striking nurses weigh contract proposal in advance of voting Monday

Striking nurses will vote Monday on a three-year contract proposal from Allina that makes some gains on staffing and safety – two of their top issues – but wasn’t good enough to win a recommendation from the union’s bargaining team. Nurses fought tooth and nail with Allina over the course of mediated talks this week […]