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Going Further, Together2022-11-21T18:10:53-06:00

Welcome

Twin Cities Hospitals Group hospitals are dedicated to the health of our communities and maintaining the excellent health care you have come to know and expect. Together, our dedicated and devoted care teams are here for you and your healthcare needs.

Twin Cities Hospitals are currently negotiating with part of ours and your care family – the nurses who serve you so well. The nurses are represented by their union, the Minnesota Nurses Association or MNA. Our nurses’ current three-year union contracts expired on May 31, 2022. Contract negotiations began in early March, and most Twin Cities Hospitals’ group hospitals have completed more than 20 negotiating sessions. Our hospitals are committed to negotiating in good faith to reach a fair and equitable settlement that recognizes the dedication of our teams and the needs of the community.

Who are the Twin Cities Hospitals?2022-10-20T11:54:07-05:00

The Twin Cities Hospitals include Children’s Minnesota, North Memorial Health, Fairview Health, and Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital. These hospitals are dedicated to the health of our communities and maintaining the excellent health care you have come to know and expect.

What issues are still outstanding?2022-11-19T20:31:41-06:00

Non-Economic Issues

Workplace Safety: Every hospital employee deserves to work in an environment safe for employees, patients, and visitors alike. Several hospitals have reached tentative agreements with the nurses’ union on revised workplace safety measures. Working together, we’re all committed to safety.

Economic Issues

Wages: The hospitals involved in the contract negotiations are non-profits, which means they must be good stewards of resources versus expenses. In addition to that, many of the hospitals engaged in these negotiations lost hundreds of millions of dollars last year. That on top of even greater losses the year before due to COVID.

The hospitals involved firmly agree nurses should be compensated fairly. That’s why they’ve offered raises of more than 10% and why nurses already rank nationally in the top five for pay.

The 22-28 percent raise the nurses’ union is demanding is simply unaffordable. Increases like this would cost hundreds of millions of dollars across Twin Cities Hospitals and are not economically feasible or responsible to our community members who would ultimately pay the price.

Nurses are asking for a big wage increase. What are the rest of their benefits like?2022-11-19T20:34:16-06:00

Nurses in Minnesota rank among the most highly compensated in the nation, currently third highest among all nurses in the nation. The average Minnesota nurse earns $80,960 annually and receives generous health care and pension benefits. On top of their annual wage increase, nurses receive step increases based on hours worked.

Can anything else be done to move negotiations forward?2022-10-20T10:35:57-05:00

Twin Cities Hospitals acknowledge the slow progress alongside the difference in our positions. In labor negotiations like this, it’s standard practice to bring in a mediator, a neutral-third party trained to help parties reach an agreement. The union rejected multiple requests from the hospitals to join in mediation.

What’s going on with staffing?2022-10-20T10:36:23-05:00

Twin Cities Hospitals agree that having the proper number and type of nurses is critical to providing patient care and safety 24/7. Currently, nurse leaders -including union nurses -work to appropriately staff units based on individual patient needs, and on the training, experience and capabilities of the care team. It’s a system required to care for patients properly and safely.

So, more nurses doesn’t necessarily mean better care?2022-10-20T10:36:43-05:00

Despite multiple academic studies throughout the country, no one has identified a definitive staffing level required to ensure quality outcomes. Instead, staffing is inherently dynamic and needs to be constantly adjusted based on the needs of the patient, the experience of the care team, length of stay, and other important factors.

Learn more

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