As we move on from the contentious atmosphere of the last few weeks I hope that we can acknowledge that we need a different path to take in the future.
I was particularly impressed with the views expressed in the article I linked to in the Sunday Star Tribune in the “Open discussion” post about collaborative bargaining (also referred to as interest based bargaining). It is a model that I would like to see both MNA and the hospitals publicly commit to make use of in future negotiations.
Just as nurses work as a team for the good of their patients, MNA and the TCH’s need to negotiate as a team for the good of their nurses. After all, both nurses and hospitals are there for one reason, to meet the needs of patients and families and by doing so serve the best interests of their community.
MNA and TCH could use this IOM report as a foundation for addressing staffing issues as they agreed to do.