Safe staffing concerns soar among Minnesota nurses

The Minnesota Nurses Association released data today showing the number of reported staffing concerns from its members doubled from 2020 to 2021, prompting union members who joined a Capitol press conference to plead for action from lawmakers and hospital administrators. “Each one of these represents multiple incidents and multiple patients who are not getting the […]

As staffing crisis deepens, DFL lawmakers respond with bill to keep nurses at bedside

Sen. Erin Murphy, a registered nurse and the bill’s chief author, called the measure “a hyperlocal, hospital-by-hospital approach” to dealing with the staffing crisis.

Essential workers call bonus pay holdup ‘a slap in the face’

Nurses, janitors, educators and other essential workers spelled out exactly what they want from state lawmakers during a rally in downtown Minneapolis.

MN nurse on Biden task force: ‘I’m the one who brings reality’

“I may not be the one who can bring all the fancy data, but what I am is the only frontline worker with eyewitness testimony,” Mary Turner said. “I’m the one who brings reality.”

Essential workers tell lawmakers: Minnesotans support emergency leave

“We aren’t asking for a handout,” Minnesota Nurses Association President Mary Turner said. “What we are asking for is justice.”

As special session nears, unions push lawmakers to prioritize working people

Minnesota unions are calling on state lawmakers to include crisis relief, paid leave and protections for working people in their final budget. “Working people need their lawmakers’ help,” they said in a letter to legislative leaders this week.

Unions hold vigil for workers exposed to COVID-19

“To workers who have contracted COVID, this is for you,” Minnesota Nurses Association President Mary Turner said.

With N-95 collection drive, nurses gear up for challenge ahead

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota grows higher, prompting the state’s health care system to brace for a wave of hospitalizations, registered nurses are holding a collection drive at their union headquarters in St. Paul to stock up on personal protective equipment (PPE) and other supplies. The public’s support in just the […]

Union-led coalition takes on proposed hospital cuts

“This is patient abandonment,” MNA President Mary Turner said.

Workers, parents show unity with St. Paul teachers after strike vote

Several unions representing thousands of working people in St. Paul offered up statements of solidarity with SPFT members.