Posted June 30, 2010 by Penny in Strike. Tagged: MN Nurses, Nursing Strike. 161 Comments
A place to discuss your thoughts/feelings as the strike draws near.
Posted by Anonymous on June 30, 2010 at 11:59 pm
I resigned from the MNA today, 6-30-2010.
I will work instead of strike.
MNA should have accepted the last proposal.
Have you checked out your COBRA premiums yet? Yikes!!!!
Posted by Anonymous on July 1, 2010 at 12:43 am
Does anyone know if you have to turn in your MNA card along with the resignation letter?? I can’t find mine!!
Posted by MNChildrensNurse on July 1, 2010 at 12:50 am
Yay for you!!! You will not be alone!!!!
Posted by notwalking on July 1, 2010 at 12:59 am
MNChildrensNurse, I will be working on Mpls and St Paul campuses. I hope to meet you.
Posted by MNChildrensNurse on July 1, 2010 at 2:52 am
I would love to meet you too!
Posted by not able to strike on July 1, 2010 at 7:04 am
I never valued the card that much in the first place to even keep it!
I resigned by fax yesterday. I faxed it twice and kept the confirmations.
Childrens Hospitals HR told me they are receiving many calls from nurses who want to work.
I wonder, can we individually accept the contract that MNA rejected? I couldn’t imagine a better contract in this economy.
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 8:07 am
No, I’m sorry, you can’t individually accept the contract. It’s by the vote of the membership only. It’s unfortunate that voting for the open ended strike put all of the power into the hands of the union reps in terms of whether they allow you to vote on a contract offer or not. about the only thing you could do is to put public pressure on the union by speaking out and demanding a vote. But because the union rejected the latest offer from the hospitals that offer is now void and reverts back to the original offers by the hospitals.
Posted by answer to prayer on July 1, 2010 at 8:52 am
I hope to meet all my fellow Children’s RN’s who will be providing patient care during the strike. I heard from a very reliable source that there is 1 unit that will not need to hire replacement nurses right away because of the combination of the # of Rn’s declaring they will work, and low census right now.
Posted by nostrikefornurses on July 1, 2010 at 9:01 am
answer to prayer….looking forward to meeting up with you next week….still wish this could be diverted but glad we have so much support.
Posted by Anonymous on July 1, 2010 at 12:51 am
I called the MNA members line and had them look up my member ID #. I included this number in the resignation letter.
I wanted to make sure they got it right. Not too sure about that group these days.
Posted by MNChildrensNurse on July 1, 2010 at 12:51 am
No you don’t–the letter will suffice. Did you mail your letter by certified mail with return receipt request? If you didn’t , I would remail it, and then save that receipt–it will be your legal proof that you resigned before midnight on the strike date.
Posted by Anonymous on July 1, 2010 at 1:06 am
This is what happened when I went to mail my letter to the MNA today.
The first post office was out of certified mail slips. The second post office commented that many letters to this address had gone out today. Hmmmm….
Posted by Not A Union Fan RN on July 1, 2010 at 2:48 am
That made me SMILE! 🙂
Posted by LoveMyJob on July 1, 2010 at 5:38 am
Now also be sure to let your HR know your intentions, Otherwise you may not get past security when you show up to work.
Posted by acsofs on July 1, 2010 at 9:27 am
🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Posted by notwalking on July 1, 2010 at 12:54 am
There is a tab above explaining how to resign. There have been lots and lots of questions about how to resign and “turning in your MNA card” has never been mentioned as a requirement. It’s only a card. They have you on file. It’s a good idea to have your letter notarized so MNA cannot pull any fast ones and also a good idea to pay $5 and send it certified which requires their signature on the receiving end, proof of their receiving it. Just make sure it gets there on time. Monday is a holiday, no delivery.
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 1:06 am
the letter is enough. Make sure you send it certified, return receipt requested. Give a copy to your HR dept too and keep one for yourself.
Posted by starrynurse on July 1, 2010 at 11:25 am
I just wrote my resignation, here goes! I live in St. Paul so am going to deliver it their office myself, do you think this is ok? Do they have to give me something as a receipt? I did make a copy of the letter myself.
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 11:32 am
you can hand deliver it too. I would ask for a receipt with the persons name, signature, date, and time received on it.
Posted by nomobforme on July 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm
The post office worker told me that the green slip has a website you can track your letter and see when they sign for it. Your green certified mail receipt is all the proof you need to show you sent MNA a letter before the strike.
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 11:34 am
oh, and on MNA letterhead.
Posted by starrynurse on July 1, 2010 at 12:09 pm
Posted by Godismystrength on July 1, 2010 at 5:14 am
Are there any North Memorial RNs out there that are going to cross besides me? We really need to connect. Strength in numbers and those that are scared presently, I am convinced would cross eventually. Especially if they see a group doing it together. Any thoughts?
Posted by Ancillary Staff on July 1, 2010 at 7:13 am
I am not a nurse, but an employee who will be working beside you. I can speak for many of us when I say that you will have our support. We will do everything we can to make you feel comfortable. I personally find what you are doing as very honorable and courageous. No one has the right to make you feel bad about doing the right thing.
Posted by Anonymous on July 1, 2010 at 9:02 am
I am an RN at North Memorial. I have not yet made a decision if I will cross but do not feel that this strike is fair. I fear the repercussions I will have with co-workers if I do. There have been rumors circulating of the few that crossed for the one day strike that were not treated professionally. Regardless if this is accurate I still fear the same. Are they any others that feel the same from North?
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 9:39 am
I think that the operative words are “the few”. There will be far more regardless of what MNA is saying now. I believe it when the hospitals say the phones are “ringing off the hooks”. As they were telling those who strike that there is safety in numbers it also works the other way. The more who cross the safer you are.
Posted by Anonymous on July 1, 2010 at 10:44 am
As of 8PM last night, Allina had calls from just under 200 nurses who plan to work! You won’t be alone!
Posted by Leyla on July 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm
I’d love to know where you got this information!
Posted by Ancillary Staff on July 1, 2010 at 10:03 am
If you are only afraid to cross because of the way you think you will be treated, then you are striking for the wrong reason. I speak for many of us – you will be treated with great respect from the non MNA staff. No one should have the right to pressure you into a wrong decision. After all, you and your family are ultimately the ones who have to live with this decision. MNA seems like they are turning into a mob with bullying techniques. I think bullying is illegal here. I know it isn’t tolerated by HR. I am not trying to sway you either way, but hope that you follow what’s in your heart.
Posted by Leyla on July 1, 2010 at 1:20 pm
Check out the announcements and/or the NRTW tab now available at the top. We are being offered free legal assistance, which includes dealing with harassment by MNA.
Posted by conflictedRN on July 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm
yes, you took the words right out of my mouth!!! I am calling the hospital and the union today to ask some questions about crossing/resigning. I also fear the rath of my co-workers, but agree with you on the strike.
Posted by anonymous on July 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm
Perfect love casts out fear!!!!!
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm
You can also check out our FAQ’s for information in the tab at the top.
Posted by conflictedRN on July 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm
Anonymous: yes I feel the same way and work at North
Posted by Leyla on July 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm
My mom works at North, she’s crossing. I also know of two others from North who are planning on crossing. You won’t be alone.
Posted by Unity chick 3 West on July 1, 2010 at 8:43 am
I was wondering if any other nurses from Unity are using this site? I will be working during the strike on night shift. Anyone else?
Posted by SaneRN on July 1, 2010 at 10:50 am
I will be at Unity on the night shift–in fact, I believe our whole unit is crossing, with perhaps the exception of 1 or 2. So you will find a lot of support there!
Posted by Unity chick 3 West on July 1, 2010 at 11:03 am
I feel many nurses that are striking don’t think it will last very long. Can a striking nurse cross the line?
As the end of the month approaches and health benefits shift to COBRA $$$$$…Who can afford it?
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 11:16 am
I’ve been hearing that the hospitals will take back any striking nurse who changes her mind.
Posted by answer to prayer on July 1, 2010 at 12:51 pm
I Just heard that TCH and MNA have resumed talks, and that TCH pulled some advertising…..Hopefully praying this is true….and we can avert a strike…
Posted by conflictedRN on July 1, 2010 at 1:12 pm
that would be really good news! I hope it is true!
Posted by LoveMyJob on July 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm
Where did you hear this? Sounds too good to be true…
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm
can you say where you heard it?
Posted by RN Husband on July 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm
Not a lot of details but WCCO Web site has this – http://wcco.com/local/hospitals.pull.ad.2.1783203.html
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 3:14 pm
interesting. thanks for the link.
Posted by RN Husband on July 1, 2010 at 3:17 pm
I don’t want to get anybody’s hopes up but I have a txt from inside Children’s reporting that an agreement has been reached. Will post a confirmation as soom as I can find one in the media.
Posted by Nurses Who Care on July 1, 2010 at 12:19 am
I wish to thank you for your insight into the upcoming strike with both present and historical insight to this difficult time with MNA.
I was around in 1984 and learned the consequences of a strike when I found myself bidding for a new position at a metro hospital who began reducing their staff within a year after the strike. This was difficult since I needed to find a full-time position for medical benefits. I was young and didn’t think this could happen, but it is true, hospitals never returned to their previous census numbers before the strike and jobs were lost. Another consideration was during the1980’s we were seeing an improving economic times in comparison to today. Most realize the US economy is still shaky and hospital reform is just down the road.
The historical content of the strikes in both 1984 and 2001 demonstrates how things may play out in the future in the Twin Cities area. Add to the mix how MNA has changed over the past decade with their new affilation with NNU, will also be a history making event in regards to Twin Cities nurses and Twin Cities hospitals. I see nothing but pain in days, months and years ahead if the nurses go out on strike. I actually see difficult times ahead without the strike as healthcare reform comes into play and our country somehow has to come to figure out how to pay for the rising cost of medical care.
Tom, on a side note, I am still perplexed with how ANA has let membership leave in large numbers the past ten years. It doesn’t appear they have put up a fight to retain previous nurses they represented and only “protested” these changes when state associations moved to NNU.
ANA response to me when I recently spoke with them in asking why ANA is no longer representing MNA was their was some dispute with late dues paid to ANA, but this hardly seems like a reason to let 20,000 nurses go. They also said MNA was moving in a different direction, but how did they let this happen. To me, this is also a history making event since I believe ANA would not have put the nurse/patient ratio agenda as a non negotiating point.
Posted by Tom on July 1, 2010 at 7:04 am
I agree that this strike will bring significant change once again as did those in 1984 and 2001, Nurse Who Cares. First, however, it will bring pain, dislocation, anger, resentment and financial difficulties for many individuals, families and organizations.
It will take time and perspective to recognize some of the good things that may result but I have hope that there will be some good outcomes for those who persevere.
Keep the faith and always keep doing the next right thing. The future will be better than the past.
The hospital nurses who remain after the strike will have a new appreciation for their role, responsibilities and opportunities within their patient care team. They will be more deeply committed to helping improve the performance of that team at the unit and hospital level — and they will realize that hospitals management is a partner in that effort.
Not all hospitals will survive after this. I would expect Unity to be closed by Allina and Methodist and North will be the most threatened by the financial effects of the strike.
Most of all, I do hope that RNs who choose to remain in MNA will do what is necessary to change MNA. Replace MNA leadership, terminate the NNU affiliation and change the tone and behavior of its hospital reps and stewards.
Posted by Leyla on July 1, 2010 at 7:18 am
I think this strike will be far more challenging for union leaders than those in the past. Look at the amazing advances in social media and information dispersion available now! Look at the voice we have here! Would this have been possible in ’84? In the past, nurses who disagreed with the union were easily silenced by those in support on their units.
Now, we have a voice. Nurses are speaking out here and going to the press. More and more nurses realize that they won’t be alone when they cross. How harsh can striking nurses be when they return to work if so many of their coworkers cross together?
MNA shot themselves in the foot in a BIG way when they refused to accept the latest proposals. Our numbers were growing before, I bet the resignation response after this latest decision is going to shock them!
Posted by acsofs on July 1, 2010 at 9:53 am
I certainly hope this site, social media, and harrassment policies will play a role in limiting any horrifying response from the pro-strike believers once we are working together after the strike.
I know this site and social media has played a significant role in bringing us no-strike believers together which will definitely impact our strength to walk into our hospitals on and after July 6th.
Posted by MNChildrensNurse on July 1, 2010 at 1:05 am
I am back with once again with encouragement as you go out into your day–with some of you probably having to work today. As I have said each day, I will say again–these meditations are Christian based, but they are not meant to “preach” at anyone, nor am I trying to make this blog into “church”, and I don’t mean to offend anyone.
I simply want to continue the oasis that this blog is for all of us who come here for support, and to give you peace before you start your day or your shift at work.
“anurse” and drichmn–thank you both so very much for all of your hard work on this blog. After a brutal day at work today, what a blessing to come home and sink myself into this place!!! I so hope I can meet you both one day soon.
These are the words I found for us today….
“Pour all of your energy into trusting Me. It is through trust that you will stay connected to Me, aware of My Presence. Every step on your life journey can be a step of faith. Baby steps of trust are simple for you; you can take them with almost unconscious ease. Giant steps are another matter altogether: leaping across chasms in semidarkness, scaling cliffs of uncertainty, trudging through the valley of the shadow of death. These feats require sheer concentration, as well as utter commitment to Me.
Each of My children is a unique blend of temperament, giftedness and life experiences. Only I know the difficulty or ease of each segment of your journey. Focus your attention on the path just ahead of you and on the One who never leaves your side.”
From the book, “Jesus Calling”, by Sarah Young
I wish you all peace and strength this day. Thank you all for walking this journey we are about to embark on with me. I am so grateful to not be doing this all alone anymore!!!!
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 1:09 am
thank you for sharing these with us daily. I find them inspiring and hopeful.
Posted by Godismystrength on July 1, 2010 at 5:35 am
Thank you so much. This was so encouraging.
Posted by anonymous on July 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm
Scripture is the only thing that gives my heart peace. Chose not to sign up for 4 hours strike today and felt hostility PLUS from the one who asked. I did not retaliate because ” perfect love casts out fear!!! 1 John… blessings to all the brave RN who dare to be a Daniel and face the lions!!!!
Posted by goodnurse19 on July 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm
Amen sister (or brother as the case may be)!
Posted by saddened on July 1, 2010 at 3:57 am
I am resigning today. I feel in my heart the union is making all the wrong decision’s that are not in my nor any of the nurse’s best interests. The contract proposed was good enough to get passed in my opinion but MNA has an agenda that is not good for us. NNU is going bring down this Union, not the hospitals. The ULP will not fly and then we will all be in dire straits.
Posted by care4patients on July 1, 2010 at 10:08 am
Also sending my resignation today. I tried to call the Strike line and could not get through, still waiting for them to call back and it has been an hour. I called my manager and he said he has gotten many Email saying the same thing. He indicated they are trying to add additional people to take the calls. Looks like there may be strength in our numbers.
Posted by Serenity on July 1, 2010 at 5:16 am
I resigned a couple of days ago and plan on working 6 days a week until the strike is over. I love my job, I love caring for patients. There is so much support for us who are choosing to be courageous and cross the picket line. I hope we all do good things for ourselves during this time and find as much support as you need. I am saddened at the way the nursing profession is being displayed. It is hard to stand alone but we are not and our patients will thank us. We can speak by our actions…I am again looking forward to crossing the picket line for the second time, however; it will be so much nicer seeing more familiar faces:)
Posted by anotherview on July 1, 2010 at 5:22 am
Just so you know the tally of RN’s crossing is growing by leaps and bounds. Calls are coming in to the re-entry line so heavy that they had to add mulitple lines and more people to take the calls. Managers are very grateful. They had been feeling like all the good relationships they had tried to build with their nurses had been for nothing. It gives them hope that we can all come out on the other side of this and have good working relationships again. I know there are many MNA nurses who will picket because they think it is the right thing to do – that’s what America is all about, I know some will do it because they are afraid not to. Regardless, we all need to remember that everyone has choices and rights to pursue what they believe and that, in America, we don’t persecute others because we don’t believe the same way. Let it end and let’s get back to taking care of patients as a team.
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 7:58 am
very well said. Thank you.
Posted by conflictedRN on July 1, 2010 at 1:25 pm
couldn’t have said it any better!
Posted by L&D RN Replacement on July 1, 2010 at 5:36 am
Hello again, I have been following both sides and it is very impressive to see the support and encouragment on this site.I am still undecided about coming all the way over there to work Labor and Delivery. I would be coming from Wa. and have 20 years experience. I worked 11 years in the same hosp and have been traveling since and do an occasional strike.It’s refreshing to see RNs who respect and appreciate us replacement nurses. Do any of you reccomend a particular hospital for L&D if I do come? I wish there was a way to get more replacement nurses on your site so they could see the strength you all have. As a replacement nurse we have so many obstacles. We don’t know where we will be put for housing-will it be a safe area. We usually have picketers at the hotel who are loud,knock on doors,set off fire alarms in the middle of the night-it’s not pleasant. I will say the staff I have worked with at the hospitals are very nice and helpful. I have made several great friends at strikes. The positives far outweigh the negatives. Also the MNA FB page likes to say we replacements have trouble getting paid-I have NEVER had a problem with my paycheck being accurate and on time at a strike, Our companies treat us well.
Good luck to you all, maybe I will be meeting you face to face soon
Good luck to you all!
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 8:01 am
L&S RN (name), your comment went into moderation because of the word in your user name. I find it extremely offensive and have been editing it out or deleting others comments using it in a derogatory manner.
I respectfully request that you change the word in your name. Thank you.
Posted by notanurse on July 1, 2010 at 6:59 am
Just wanted to deeply Thank you all of you posting on this site for your dedication to both your profession and you the care and dedication you show to the patients you care for every day. I am not a nurse, however do work at one of the hospitals in the staffing office. For everyone supporting the upcoming strike to not see how the actions of the MNA and NNU are causing havok in everyone’s jobs throughout the organization is very disheartening and causes anger in even our little office. Some of us don’t understand a lot of what’s going on, some of us see the true colors and the real agenda of the NNU, and it doesn’t appear to be patient safety and staffing ratios. I, everyday, have a heavy heart knowing that some of my non-contract friends may not be needed for work next week.
Thank you to those of you who will be standing up to your peers as you respectfully come to work, thank you to those of you who have been thinking about resigning with the union, you had so much trust invested in. I welcome you all back to work with me and many of our fellow so-coworkers, with a very much renewed sense of respect and gratitude, as the past weeks, and past actions of some, have left a sour taste in many mouths.
Thank you for your help in keeping our organization successful and all of our patients safe and cared for during this time of non-sense.
Posted by nostrikefornurses on July 1, 2010 at 8:58 am
notanurse, those of us on this site just want to continue doing the job we love….and we would love to leave the negotiations out of our workplace and wish they would not allow nurses to strike…after all police and firefighters are considered essential employees and are not allowed to strike…I wish we were essential! Good luck to you….my heart goes out to everyone affected.
Posted by conflictedRN on July 1, 2010 at 1:28 pm
Posted by not able to strike on July 1, 2010 at 7:11 am
I remember 1984 strike. It was amazing how people who were friends let the strike impact how they treated each other. For a caring profession, how do people turn so vicious if you don’t agree with them?
How do we communicate to our HR departments that we want to accept that contract?
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 8:08 am
You aren’t able to individually accept the offer. It’s a vote by all of the membership and the union is not giving you a chance to vote on it.
Posted by ANW on July 1, 2010 at 7:16 am
Is there a way to have a way to connect people that will be working at each facility/ department.
I know several people that would like to work but is afraid to do so without support of others in their department.
Thanks for this great site for support. I regret not working the one day but will be working next week. It’s the right thing for me to do. In my area over 80% will continue to work! Go Nurses!
Posted by Linda R Larson on July 1, 2010 at 8:02 am
There will always be some who are not supportive and are being pulled by MNA to report to them who is working during the strike. That happened last time. If 80% in your area are coming to work that is awesome!!! That is your base of support for sure. If there is any way I can help at ANW I am there for any of you. Feel free to email me. I am a big supporter of nursing AND for Abbott Northwestern and its’ fine leaders and have not stayed quiet about that even on the MNA blog. I know the leadership at ANW are there and available too. They are all about a respectful work place and will step in quickly if any abusiveness is taking place. Report any threats, emails etc immediately to your manager, director, HR and/or any leadership. You are representing exactly the culture that ANW has worked so hard to create and the professionalism and caring spirit that is well known among ANW nurses. You are not alone!!! Thank you for doing the right thing.
Posted by listenup123 on July 1, 2010 at 8:36 am
Yeah for ANW!! Thank you for all your comments and support Linda. That is exactly what I have seen from the leaders at Abbott. I was glad to see some angry nurses yesterday. Yesterday, the place was a buzz about the contract offer, and the lack of opportunity for the members to exercise their voices, and votes. It is clear that MNA/NNU has no idea what their voting members really want in a contract. They ARE NOT representing us as they should. I hope we have reached the
“Tipping Point” and that our regular nurses show up in droves next week. GO Nurses!!! Let’s stand up for ourselves and take back control over this situation.
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 8:11 am
the only way to connect currently is through this site. Personally, from what others said here, I think it’s best to stay anonymous until the strike begins. You can connect by saying what facility you work at so then others realize they are not alone at their facility but I wouldn’t go beyond that unless you decide to go public with the media. I don’t believe anybody would do anything to someone who has a direct line to a reporter.
Posted by Ray on July 1, 2010 at 7:58 am
I asked the following question yesterday on MNA’s site (comments for article about labor expert/historian) and have yet to receive an answer, so I figure I’ll try here: Any word on what MNA did to counter the assertion that the union’s proposal’s aren’t financially feasible? All I ever read is how much certain CEOs make. Anyone have an idea of whether someone actually juggled some numbers to make the case that the proposals are realistic? I’m not saying MNA had to do so, but I think it’d have been helpful–in the bargaining room as well as in the public forum–if “Not enough money!” had been met with “Actually, there is, and here’s how…”.
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 8:15 am
I haven’t seen anything concrete from MNA countering any of the evidence provided by others whether financial or related to the fixed staffing ratios demand. They are very good at turning everything into an emotional appeal but they seem to be very short on facts.
Posted by RN Husband on July 1, 2010 at 8:45 am
Quotes from a Moody’s analyst here – http://www.medcitynews.com/2010/06/moodys-warns-minnesota-nurses-strike-could-hurt-hospitals-credit-rating/ – make it clear that both a strike and the MNA contract proposals have strong negative financial consequences. The difference, of course, is that the MNA contract proposals will hurt longer-term. Plus, hospitals can start adjusting now by donwsizing if they have to. I believe the hospitals financial postion is related, in part, to over-expansion that began in the “good years” and management is to blame for being too optimistic and/or too competitive with over hospitals. It sucks that the timing of the RN contract means RNs have to take it on the chin but that’s life. Pus, in the long-term, I believe RNs market power can greatly increase with baby-boom related demand not so far down the road.
Posted by nostrikefornurses on July 1, 2010 at 8:52 am
Ray, They just continue to promote they save lives….which is really unfounded because in Calif it is not showing to improve patient outcomes.
Posted by care4patients on July 1, 2010 at 10:15 am
I would also like to know how much our “union reps” salaries are that we are all paying. I tried to look it up but could not find it.
Posted by RN Husband on July 1, 2010 at 10:21 am
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Posted by FinChick on July 1, 2010 at 11:09 am
Ray, MNA can try to dispute the math, but I personally calculated the numbers for my hospital. We were conservative and think that the numbers would actually be more. Look at the MNA proposal for staffing at 115% of capacity. We weren’t even sure what was meant by that. Does that mean a 100 bed hospital staffing for 115 , with 15 beds that don’t exist? What if the current ADC is 50? That would mean doubling the number of RN’s on beds not needed and beds that don’t exist. When MNA said, okay go back to the staffing ratios, we recalculated that, and it still millions of dollars more than we have. I personally support staffing for acuity, even if that means more money, but we can’t apply fixed ratios without being more efficient somewhere else. Not only is reimbursement declining, every year procedures that used to be inpatient are turned into outpatient procedure only, further eroding census levels.
Posted by Concerned RN on July 1, 2010 at 8:00 am
I am glad to hear there are some reasonable voices out there. I am also sure my post will post on this blog. MNA blog screens theirs and only allows up what supports them. I am at a metro hospital that is contract but NOT negotiating at this time (not till fall- contract expires 12/1). I had already made my mind up long ago I would work. THis is an MNA political agenda, not our best interest. They want their 15 minutes of fame at our expense. We were told at a meeting they would buy us XL t-shirts for when we strike in December (not if, WHEN) so we can wear them over our winter coats. GIVE ME A break! They obviously have made up their minds long ago. I do have a couple questions….Have any nurses EVER been asked what they want MNA to fight for in a contract??? I have been a MNA nurse for 15+ years (which would be at least 5 negotiations) and have NEVER been asked what I felt was important. 2nd question…do these striking nurses realize that the MNA people out there with them will still be getting their paycheck (from the striking nurses none the less). You are going to OWE MNA dues upon return for the months you are out! 3rd Question or statement…..simple math….$80/month dues x 12 months/yr x 12,000 striking nurses- now = $$11.5 MILLION dollars! Talk about waste of my money! that is only with what is “striking” now. That does not include my hospital, HCMC, or other outlying hospitals! MNA is the $$$$ maker here! Get a clue strikers, they still want & will get your money, in the mean time you will lose wages you will NEVER re-coop, And for what??? the hospitals offered a decent proposal & you didn’t even get to vote??
Posted by nostrikefornurses on July 1, 2010 at 8:09 am
concerned RN, it is quite clear after what MNA turned down they are not interested in what the nurses want. A nurse asked at one of the all nurse meetings if they could survery the nurses to see what is important to them….the nurse was told there wasn’t time. How could there not be time to find out what your members want?
Posted by Linda R Larson on July 1, 2010 at 8:15 am
Very insightful. Wonder where all that money goes? Hope you can get things moving in a positive direction before fall. Would hate to see the next group of nurses go through what the current contract RN’s are going through. Prevention is a really good thing. NNU didn’t know what it was facing with MN nurses. They wanted this group of RN’s to add to THEIR cause and make their national agenda even stronger. Bet they are taking a step back now wondering what happened. The yard signs all over the twin cities that say ‘we care for you’ are more true than ever. I am now enjoying seeing the signs and really am starting to believe that it is about the patients! Good Luck to you. I hope this site and all the wonderful people posting here gives you support on your journey in the next few months.
Posted by answer to prayer on July 1, 2010 at 9:08 am
Thank you, concerned RN. I too have wondered where all the money from our dues has gone. It is interesting that MNA hasn’t had a metro-wide strike in 26 years and yet there is limited money available in the strike fund….instead we are being told to walk away from our well paid jobs and utilize the food shelves which are already being depleted by people who are truly poor and with out jobs…this is an outrage
Posted by One Who Crossed the Picket Line Before on July 1, 2010 at 8:05 am
I am an experienced replacement and plan to be one once again. I know it has been hard for many of you to decide to cross the picket line, but you must do what your heart is telling you to do. There are many reasons why nurses crosses the picket line, but you must remember you have to do what is best for you and your family. Don’t FEAR your co-workers who plan to go on strike. That is their choice, just as it is your choice to work. Respect their decision, and just maybe they will respect yours. I’ll tell you a little secret: it was a pleasant experience working with the replacement nurse. They were there to work and not get involved in the politics of the unit. It was soooooo nice! Good luck to all of you who choose to work during this strike.
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 8:20 am
Experienced (name) posting at 8:05am. Please change your name to a word that is not so derogatory toward replacements. I find it so objectionable that any comment with that word goes into automatic moderation. I’ve made the request to someone else who also had it in their name to please change it. If they don’t I’ll have to put it back into moderation. That name just makes me ill.
Posted by One who crossed the picket line before on July 1, 2010 at 8:46 am
I’m sorry if I offended you; I really didn’t mean to. I call myself ES because I am proud of it. I’m proud of it because I was able to make a decision according to what was best for my family and I, and I was able to follow through with my decision without regret. Again, I’m sorry if I offended you or anyone else with the terminolgy I used.
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 8:51 am
I understand. I just can’t get past the word that has been hurled at others so viciously. It bothers me even if you are using it as you say. I’ll repost your comment.
Posted by acsofs on July 1, 2010 at 10:11 am
Thank you drichmn. I appreciate your sensitivity.
Posted by Not A Union Fan RN on July 1, 2010 at 10:41 am
Kudos drichmn! I get so sick and tired of not only hearing that insult from the union but also from the replacements themselves….I think some of them think its a badge of courage to embrace the name or that it doesn’t really bother them and its a way to take the sting out of the union calling us that if call ourselves that word…..but it had also irked me as time goes on. Thanks for showing everyone that the word is not appropriate.
Posted by Anonymous on July 1, 2010 at 8:06 am
Have the hospitals started their plans for the strike. With the holiday weekend, census may drop naturally, but are procedures being cancelled next week. Also, has noncontract hospital personel being told what will happen with their status if a strike occurs?
Posted by Ancillary Staff on July 1, 2010 at 10:20 am
I isn’t official at my hospital, but sounds like I will be working the 4th and 5th to help the new nurses. I know some will be laid off.
Posted by PCRN on July 1, 2010 at 8:11 am
It is my hope that MNA will see the light and approach the hospitals with acceptance of the last offer, however I have been reading the facebook page and continue to see the attacks on fellow nurses and the smothering of any voice of dissent. The vitriol is beyond the pale. I do notice that many of the comments are from the same people so maybe it is the few speaking for the many without gaining permission. This is what MNA has done in my mind. I look forward to working next week at North.
Posted by nostrikefornurses on July 1, 2010 at 8:46 am
PCRN, they are scared so they feel the need to attack…if they are truely so strong they should not have to worry. I have seen some ask for respect for others..something if you read FB or MNA blog is not happening. I do remember John Nemo saying in a Strib comment that everyone is entitled to their own opinion….I don’t think they are listening to one of their leaders advice.
Posted by Ancillary Staff on July 1, 2010 at 10:21 am
Thank you for coming to work. We appreciate you!
Posted by nomobforme on July 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm
On facebook, I hit the hide button on the MNA updates that were popping up on my news feed and I feel so much better now. I also am hiding nurses who are super pro-strike from my feed. I am planning on blocking most pro-strike co-workers from viewing various aspects of my facebook site by adding them all to a group and then adjusting my privacy settings.
Posted by MNChildrensNurse on July 1, 2010 at 8:35 am
Ok guys–I want to renew an old idea we had recently here, but also to expand on it. Now that we are increasing in numbers–lets all go in to work on Tuesday wearing green shirts!! Lets stand strong and do our green for go theme!!! And replacement rns who see this–please join us with the green shirts–we welcome you!!!! Are you guys all up for that? Even if the MNA has ancillary staff who will see this and wear green tops–it doesn’t matter–we will at least know that us rn’s are all there in support of each other and out patients. So what do you guys think? huh? can we do it? pleeeeeeeeeeease???? pretty please????
Posted by nostrikefornurses on July 1, 2010 at 8:39 am
You can always buy lime green ones in Children’s gift shop…I already bought one!
Posted by MNChildrensNurse on July 1, 2010 at 8:43 am
Good idea!! Childrens in MPLS or St. Paul?
Posted by nostrikefornurses on July 1, 2010 at 9:02 am
I am in Mpls.
Posted by MNChildrensNurse on July 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm
duh!!!!!! I knew that!! I guess I was just not quite awake yet–anyway–went there this afternoon and got my lime green shirt!!! 🙂
Posted by nostrikefornurses on July 1, 2010 at 9:14 am
I heard that some staff may be wearing t-shirts to identify them for some purposes so that could get confusing..whatever you decide MNA will figure out a way to confuse everyone….perhaps don’t put it out there until Sun or Monday.
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 9:42 am
I did post it on the front as requested. Even if others wear green shirts to try to confuse we will know this site has had an impact and those trying to disrupt will, I believe, be outnumbered this time around.
Posted by WhyIsItSo hard on July 1, 2010 at 10:50 am
Why shouldn’t ancillary and admin staff who support you also wear green?
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 10:59 am
definitely you should. My comment was a reply to the one urging caution because MNA might try to disrupt.
Posted by MNChildrensNurse on July 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm
Yes–you are very welcome to wear green also–we welcome your support, and we will all work together to make the days ahead go smoothly for our patients and our families, so we definitely will be happy to wear green with you all!! Thank you again for your support!!!
Posted by PTO temp nurse on July 1, 2010 at 9:03 am
Good idea on the green. I will bring green. I work full time but took PTO to work the one day strike and will again be taking PTO to come down next week. There is strong support where I work (non-union) for a no strike. Many believe that the economy today does not support MNA’ s requests. Where I am at we have taken cuts to raises and some have went without. We are glad we have jobs. As far as low need days too, wow…our hospital limits staff to 40 hours every 3 months so 20 days a year. 4-6 would be unheard of!
Posted by Concerned RN on July 1, 2010 at 9:30 am
Current contract only allows for 3 days per year. The hospitals want to up it back to 6. Contract 2004-2007 contract brought it down from 8 (each year it lost2-3 days), which brought us to the current 3 which has been in effect since the start of this contract in 2007. It has caused issues with RNs being Maxed out in Jan/Feb since census can be low in areas at that time. Costing/wasting $$$. So it is not unheard of PTO temp nurse. It is contract currently.
I am very ok with them increasing it back, makes fiscal sense. IF they do it fairly you shouldn’t get more than 1 in a payperiod depending on how many staff are on a unit.
Posted by linkedoutsider on July 1, 2010 at 12:44 pm
I will be making sure to tell everyone I know who will be in the hospitals on Tuesday to wear green. I think you brave nurses should be aware that a green tie on a passing MD or a green hair bow on the ponytail of a patient is more than likely not an accident!
Posted by Lori on July 1, 2010 at 9:31 am
Thank you to all for your support yesterday when I was personally attacked on FB. I did contact HR at PN since the people who gave out personal info on me are Methodist employees and looked me up in the system for non-work purposes. I am reminded everyday when I read the comments here and when I look at my son that I am making the right decision.
I just wonder how people can let their family suffer; especially when they can get no other help. Who is going to pick up the pieces after this is all over? MNA won’t. It will be a long time for some to recover, further putting their families through suffering in one way or another.
I know that this group here is very supportive, I can only hope that people too scared to cross reads these postings and know that they will not be alone, and it is ok to put your family first.
Once again, thank you for your support everyone. I hope we can all meet one day!
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 9:48 am
thank you very much. And I’m very glad you reported that behavior. That is not acceptable and it’s unbelievable to me that people who consider themselves professionals would do such a thing. They risk being fired for doing things like that.
Posted by RN'S Husband on July 1, 2010 at 1:44 pm
These people should absolutely lose there jobs!! It just makes me sick to think of this happening. Some people have no common sense or decency. The only way these people will learn is to be fired. I hope the hospital does the right thing. And I hope that any other RN’s that experiences such awful personal attacks, do everything they can, to hold the guilty parties responsible. Keep up the good fight, there are tons of people willing to fight with you!
Posted by TJ on July 1, 2010 at 9:35 am
Nurses – ever get the feeling that we are all pawns in a grand National Union scheme? Beware, MNA, the nurses are starting to “wake up” and see the truth. And no amount of fear-mongering, intimidation, or appeals to narcissism will keep us from acting like the caring professionals that we are. So proud of all those who are taking a stand and doing the right thing! See you on Tuesday!
Posted by Not A Union Fan RN on July 1, 2010 at 12:04 pm
shhhhh….MNA members aren’t supposed to figure that out! (insert sarcasm) 😉
Posted by Lori on July 1, 2010 at 9:38 am
One more thing…how dare MNA tell us to use food shelves!!! There are families out here that have lost their jobs, can’t find work, children going without food (they didn’t choose to walk away from their jobs) that truely need that food. How in their right mind are they encouraging MNA members to go and take these limited resources from these needy people. Talk about ethical??? Morals???
Posted by blessedRN on July 1, 2010 at 9:39 am
exactly my thoughts.
Posted by nostrikefornurses on July 1, 2010 at 9:59 am
Lori, I too have struggled with this and cannot find any place in my heart that tells me this is right. If they have been preparing for this strike for so long they should not have to use community resources meant for those who have been out of jobs for so long. MNA said they collected $7,000 during the voting to help out its members….I don’t think that will last too long!
Posted by Not A Union Fan RN on July 1, 2010 at 10:49 am
Lori,…..that’s like the MNA on their FB page using a PR stunt to get their nurses into their churches and try to persuade the congregation to be on the side of the striking nurses!!!!
IT”S GOD”S HOUSE! And should not be used as a pawn in the union games…..I shudder to think of the blasphemy that they are trying to do in Church……..wow!
Posted by wonderin on July 1, 2010 at 10:04 am
is the letter of resignation as simple as ‘I resign my membership from MNA’?
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 10:40 am
check out the Resigning from MNA tab at the top for a sample from Children’s Hospital. It’s also in the MNA FAQ in the FAQ’s tab.
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 10:20 am
Please check the “Announcements”, the National Right to Work Foundation is offering free legal assistance to Minneapolis nurses.
Posted by acsofs on July 1, 2010 at 12:28 pm
Thank you NRWF!!!
Posted by AnonMom on July 1, 2010 at 10:41 am
Do any nurses at Abbott know where BPP’s are being moved too? I am a patient pregnant with twins and was informed today no Biophysical profiles will be done at abbott. Not sure where it is being moved too.
Great job nurses on being strong and individuals! You will make many of us to be mom’s feel great!
Posted by willbecrossing on July 1, 2010 at 12:37 pm
AnonMom, If you are a perinatal patient, call the perinatal office and ask where the BPPs will be done. If you see another group of physicians, call their office and ask them to find out where you should go for your BPPs. As far as I know, the OB services at ANW will continue to be in operation. Best wishes to you and your two little ones, and thanks for your encouraging words.
Posted by OBnursesdaughter on July 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm
I was an Abbott patient but had all of my BPP’s done at my Perinatologist’s office or my OB’s office- not at the MAC. If they close the MAC your OB should have another option.
Posted by linkedoutsider on July 1, 2010 at 10:54 am
You nurses who cross the picket lines will be treasured by your support staff and your administration! As the hospitals dig in for a very long strike, talk is circulating about how to replace nurses permanently, as well as starting to look at other models for the delivery of patient care. For example, employing greater numbers of NAs with more delineated responsibilities, rather than just being at the beck and call of the RNs. Granted, this is all simply hospital gossip and speculation – but it really highlights that there is zero support among hospital staff to ever allow the striking nurses back in the door.
Posted by Anonymous on July 1, 2010 at 1:17 pm
That is a real threat that nurses really are trusting union on the ULPs, believing that it will not be legal to replace them permanently.
Posted by integritynurse on July 1, 2010 at 10:58 am
Today on MNA Kids Facebook, people are speculating as to how many nurses will cross. One nurse said “Is it true that a lot of nurses are calling HR telling them they will be at work?” I find it sort of interesting that the word is beginning to spread that a goodly number will be crossing. And this is affecting how people think. It is because of this new forum, that our side is finally gaining strength to do this. Without us knowing about each other through this blog, we probably would have remained silent about our true feelings. But now we can openly express it, and others are gaining strength also by hearing our voices. My rep cam up to me at work to ask when I would be signing up to picket, and I had to tell her I would not be. I think she almost fell off her chair. I told her my reasons, and she gave me ten more reasons why I should. A lot of them stemmed from the old “fear mentality” – like my license is going to be on the line, and how bad the contract is going to be when it finally gets settled, and how the hospital will own me during the strike and send me to units I am not trained to work on,and on and on and on… I told her that I don’t live in a state of fear, as long as I know that I am doing the ethically, morally right thing to do. She finally moved on to another nurse (who basically gave her the same answer. Ten nurses at least on our unit will cross. Not much picketing interest right now on our unit. Oh well, try another!
Posted by Concerned RN on July 1, 2010 at 11:01 am
Well the other piece is the THREATS that MNA sends to those thinking about crossing. We were told “if you cross, MNA will have the disband you, then you cannot be employed by the hospital, you will be fired” Of course I now know this is not true, but where the hell do they get off threatening people?
Posted by integritynurse on July 1, 2010 at 11:07 am
There is no way they can disband us. Those are empty threats so don’t believe it.
and this is where that offer for legal advice will come in very handy. I think people should print out that press release and post it on the bulletin boards, in the bathrooms, in the locker rooms. And then just keep replacing them if they get removed. And ask the nurse manager if you can use the unit BB that they will keep an eye on. Threats and intimidation will not be tolerated.
Posted by integritynurse on July 1, 2010 at 11:17 am
MNA is desperate right now for people to not abandon their cause. So they will try to invoke fear in us by making suggestions, or speculating on things that have no basis in reality. My rep even suggested to me that we might be losing our seniority. There has been no such talk in contract negotiations. Where did this come from?
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 11:20 am
the same place most of the things they are telling the nurses came from–in the world of their imagination.
Posted by WannabeFlorence on July 1, 2010 at 11:58 am
An actual person of MNA told one of our nurses to be careful, because, in the past, the nurses who cross, have had their tires slashed in the parking lots. She actually said this! There has been a lot of intimidation in the past couple of months from co-workers and from MNA themselves, it is actually quite amazing! But as time goes by, and the strike draws nearer, I feel stronger and more confident in my decision to work. I resigned from the union, and am READY to work!
Posted by goodnurse19 on July 1, 2010 at 12:10 pm
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm
the hospitals are beefing up security in parking lots and are looking at arrangements to bring the nurses who cross safely in and out of the building possibly parking at an off site secure location. Stay in touch with your HR departments and managers for the latest information.
Posted by notwalking on July 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm
I am thinking about sending a message to HR suggesting we drive to the hotels where the replacements will be lodging, park our cars and jump on the shuttles with them. This idea probably won’t fly but it might help come up with a good plan.
Posted by Not A Union Fan RN on July 1, 2010 at 1:49 pm
Sorry but as a Replacement RN….they will not allow that. The logistics to get us to the hospitals are massive….plus the exact location of the hotels that we are staying at are NOT supposed to be discussed with anyone. No offense to anyone….but if you ask the Replacement RN’s next week which hotels we are staying at…we are not allowed to speak about it……for safety reasons. Thanks 😉
The hospitals always do a great job with security…..they will be so glad to see their own staff crossing believe me, they will protect you!!!! I also wouldn’t be shocked if police officers were on site.
Posted by Anonymous on July 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm
Well not being a nurse, I have to go in regardless. Do what you need to do to feel safe, but try not to let fears overcome what is good. Make a plan and take precautions and then leave it at that. Striking nurses need to realize there are many others who work at hospitals othern than those that may be replacing or crossing.
Posted by fedupnurse on July 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm
Any United RN’s out there thinking of crossing? Love to hear from you!
Posted by starrynurse on July 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm
yes I am! just dropped off my resignation today! but don’t know what shifts I’ll be working yet
Posted by anrn on July 1, 2010 at 1:39 pm
Just wondering…how is the staffing at your hospital/unit? is it manageable? Do you get enough lifting/turning help? ect
Posted by starrynurse on July 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm
Anyone else here from United? Sorry I haven’t had time to read all the comments–but that is going this page is getting so much traffic! Just got back from hand-delivering my resignation letter to the MNA office in St. Paul–it was very easy, and I asked the secretary for a MNA letterhead and she signed it as a receipt saying I was leaving the union for my records. It’s not too late to deliver your letter before Tuesday! If anyone is still on the fence just ask yourself: “could I stand outside my hospital and picket for what MNA is saying?” I couldn’t so I’m going to cross and care for my patients. If you decide to resign you could bring your letter today or tomorrow. I have some butterflies in my stomach as it is not easy going against the majority, but I’m grateful I’m not alone & for all the nurses like me standing up for what they believe.
Posted by supportstaff on July 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm
I am a support staffer at a hospital. I’m being vague because we are not supposed to speak out about the strike. However, that being said, I wish all of you who will cross – safety and my good wishes. I am so proud of everyone who will not be turned into ‘power pawns’ by the union.
I spoke with one of the nurses during a med procedure I had last month and realized then she was doing nothing but parroting what she had read or heard. I am ashamed of the otherwise smart, responsible, compassionate human beings I’ve known for years turning into drama junkies and witch hunt groupies. If I made $38 an hour starting wage I truly don’t think I could justify abandoning my patients. I only make $13 and feel grateful to have a job.
Posted by integritynurse on July 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm
I just took my resignation to the post office to mail it certified mail. Talked to the postmaster, who said there have been others that he knew of who have done the same – pretty cool! He and the other gal who were helping people, congratulated me on doing the right thing. Thanks USPS!
Posted by RN Supporter on July 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm
Incidentally, the way MNA members on their FB site continue to alienate any member who isn’t completely towing the union line, you will have many more disenfranchaised members coming over here as time goes on.
The last thing I saw was someone telling another member (who had expressed his concern over why the proposal wasn’t brought to a vote) to “go ahead and cross then, so we can get rid of your sorry a– when this is over!!!” Oh and it should be noted, this member that expressed concern has in no way indicated any intent to cross the picket line in the first place.
Posted by Nurses Who Care on July 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm
Has anyone looked at the number of termporay permits issued by Minnesota State Board of Nursing. There appears to be between three to moving towards four thousand temporary permits issued. If you add the temp. permit nurses with a number of nurses crossing, managesrs/clinicians, added nursing assistance working the floors; hospitals might not need to ramp down like I thought they would need to with a MNA strike. However, speciality nurses like OR nurses and unit nurses would be the difficult staff nurses to replace in my opinion.
I would be very concern as a MNA nurse striking because they still do not know if this will be a ULP ruling. With the salary/benefit difference between nurses in the south vs the Minneapolis area; the replaccement nurses might just decide to stay if the Twin Cities hospital were in a position to hire them.
I am not seeing any real public support, which includes physicians, so I do understand why MNA nurses wouldn’t look at reality and say, perhaps what the hospitals offered is a good/fair offer in todays economy effecting healthcare, 10 percent unemployment and nurses who graduated from schools in this area who can not find nuring positions in the hospitals.
Posted by proudtobeRN on July 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm
I am so happy to see so many people here. I am astonished at the stories of threats from MNA. And these are the people that keep saying “you have to trust us, why would we lie to you” Really? I don’t think they have any integrity so why would anyone trust them is the question.
Are there any Fairview nurses here? I am wondering if there are many crossing with FV.
Good Luck to all and stay strong!
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm
I heard that Fairview is also getting a lot of calls from nurses wanting to work.
Posted by relocatedrn on July 1, 2010 at 3:10 pm
Just posted on the MNA FB page by MNA staff…
The registered nurses and the hospitals believe a settlement of the labor agreement at this time is in the best interests of patients and our community.
The Minnesota Nurses Association and the fourteen hospitals that have been engaged in negotiations since March have reached agreement with the assistance of the Federal Mediation and … See MoreConciliation Service on the terms for new collective bargaining agreements. The contract settlement is subject to ratification by the registered nurses represented by the Union, but the Union’s negotiating committees covering all fourteen hospitals have agreed to favorably recommend the settlement for ratification.
The Minnesota Nurses Association and the hospitals have agreed to a renewed commitment to working through both parties’ staffing issues through the existing committee systems at the various hospitals.
The affected hospitals are Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Bethesda Hospital, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, Fairview Southdale Hospital, Mercy Hospital, North Memorial Medical Center, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital, Phillips Eye Institute, St. John’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, United Hospital, Unity Hospital, and the Riverside Campus of the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. This also includes a recommended ratification for the Pension Contract at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.
Posted by goodnurse19 on July 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm
Thank God that somebody came to their senses!!
Posted by Tom on July 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm
Thank goodness the mediator was able to steer this back from the brink. This is very good news . . . for now. The hard work begins now . . . or continues if you prefer.
Now that MNA members have seen what happens when a local union is captured by a national union with an agenda, I hope they will take proper action to change their leadership and representation.
Please everyone. Celebrate relief now but don’t take a deep breath, exhale and forget about what has happened over the past month. There is still work for you to do, MNA nurses!
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 3:31 pm
Let’s allow time for the celebration. It’s been an incredibly stressful few weeks for everyone. We can now breathe a sigh of relief and take some time to heal and reach out to each other. There will be time to look forward later.
Posted by Nurses Who Care on July 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm
This is great news. All parties will come out better with this settlement!
Posted by Anonymous on July 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm
I heard today that the MNA reps are telling the RNs that if they cross, that management will be looking to fire them and to watch out. These nurses are being so brainwashed by MNA, it is ridiculous!! These are professional people that need to start thinking for themselves!!
Posted by Tom on July 1, 2010 at 3:22 pm
The heading for today’s comment section could aptly be changed from “10-day Strike Count-down Day 5” to “MNA Melt-down”! Thank you anurse and drichman for providing a safe place for all these right-thinking care givers to support each other, share their feelings and make their own personal decisions about their priorities and values.
Posted by drichmn on July 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm
You’re welcome. Glad I could help. I’m glad they stepped away from the brink.
Posted by WhyIsItSo hard on July 1, 2010 at 3:50 pm
I believe that this site and the members here played some part in getting MNA to a settlement. I applaud you all. Thank you
Posted by Linda R Larson on July 2, 2010 at 9:17 am
I believe this site and all of you standing up for what is right is not just in part but more like 100% responsible for changing the course of this negotiation. I truly hope you all keep the momemtum going to hold MNA accountable for what they have done. For them to jump in now as the being the ones to end the strke is just more lies. YOU all made the difference. ‘anurse’ and ‘drichmn’ answered a call and met a need. Two voices became hundreds to thousands of voices. Take credit for that and realize the power you all have TOGETHER. The NLRB is the group to contact if you want to end the union in MN. I will post more later if there is an interest in that.
Posted by fedupnurse on July 2, 2010 at 12:53 am
Thank you drichman for providing this site. After talking with some of my colleagues tonight, after the contract was settled, I got a renewed sense I was not going to be the only one to cross the line. It’s so sad that the MNA has brainwashed so many people into believing their crap! Yes, we got a contract, but we have years and years of work ahead of us. I wanted to be sick when I saw all these nurses on the units hugging and cheering because they didn’t have to go on strike. Are you kidding me?! If it was really about patient safety to begin with, then how come our staffing did not change one bit with the new contract? I resigned today from the union, and don’t plan to reinstate.
Posted by notwalking on July 2, 2010 at 4:05 pm
Exactly! This strike would have brought our community to its knees! And all for what? The unemployment rate just dropped to slightly over 10% today, people are claiming bankruptcy b/c of medical bills and nurses were going to walk off the job and onto the sidewalk with a stick declaring that they are entitled to something? may God have mercy on us. When I listen to the nurses talk about safe pt care, their statement was always followed by “my license is at stake”. So who was this strike for anyway?
Posted by relievedRN on July 2, 2010 at 10:27 am
I worked last evening as well. I was planning on continuing to work through the work stoppage. What are the nurses who so strongly supported the union so happy about if the main issue was/is patient care? The fixed staffing ratios are gone and these nurses are happy? I too am glad the strike was averted but I remain very disillusioned by MNA and many of my coworkers and will have to work through that. I feel like I need to find a new job not affiliated with MNA. Alot to work through for many folks. Thank you for this arena to express our views.
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