Contract Ratified

What say you?

As Peter Rachleff said in his guest post on the MNA blog about the 1934 Teamsters strike, grassroots pressure brings resources to the bargaining table.

You spoke loud and clear to MNA with your letters of resignation and to your patients  saying “no fear,  we’ll be here”  by your phone calls to your hospitals telling them you would work during the strike.  Your actions sent MNA and TCH back to the bargaining table.  Your actions turned the tide from an inevitable strike to this contract ratification.

You were the grassroots Peter Rachleff spoke of.  He didn’t know that at the time.  None of us did.  “anurse” gave you the opportunity to find your voice.  And you used it.  And thank God for the patients and their families that you did.

I salute you.


25 responses to this post.

  1. Nurses vote “overwhelmingly” to ratify contract but will not give out any numbers. And why not? As I said previously, I knew it would be a sure thing as the “MNA” wanted it. Afterall, “Those who cast the votes determine nothing. Those who count the votes determine everything”. I am not surprised in the least. So, where do we go from here to prevent a repeat of this in 2013?


    • Posted by Not A Union Fan RN on July 7, 2010 at 7:07 pm

      I find it highly suspect that the MNA won’t release specifics on the numbers…..I think the “yes” votes were a lot lower than they want to admit…..obviously!!!


  2. Posted by iresigned on July 7, 2010 at 7:24 am

    We are all so very happy that this was the vote result!
    Let’s try to see if we can work on a contract that includes a No Strike clause now.
    Blessings to all the nurses!!!


    • Posted by Anonymous on July 7, 2010 at 9:03 am

      We did have a no strike / no lockout clause but when contracts expire so do those clauses.


      • Posted by glinda on July 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm

        that’s why they wait until the contracts expire. From what others have said here the talk from MNA about striking started last fall.

        It was also the reasoning behind the decision against the CA nurses–their contract hadn’t expired yet so they were barred from striking.


        • Posted by wildfox on July 7, 2010 at 5:03 pm

          glinda…Thank you for all your work on the blog over the last few weeks. This blog did help change the outcome of this labor dispute. Everyone who came here looking for a sane respectful discussion were able to do so with your help! Best to you !


          • Posted by glinda on July 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm

            thank you. It was important to both “anurse” and me to uphold our professionalism and maintain the respect and dignity that everyone deserves even when we don’t all agree. Maybe especially when we don’t all agree. And as “anurse” has said, we still have work to do. And we will still be here to help do it.


        • Posted by professionalRN on July 8, 2010 at 10:02 am

          Actually there was talk of strike for this contract negotiation just after our contract approval in ’07. My current manager was a staff nurse then and our unit rep, and she said they were gearing up for it back then. She was very pro-union back then but has seen the light (:

          Thank you again for this blog… it was such a breath of fresh air and a relief to find voices of reason about the whole thing. I especially appreciated you not letting it get out of hand with rude and inappropriate comments. We are professionals and should behave as such!


          • Posted by glinda on July 8, 2010 at 10:14 am

            you’re welcome. I was very dismayed by the comments of many of the most vocal nurse union supporters and perplexed by why MNA didn’t actively discourage such comments.

            Interesting that talk of a strike first surfaced in 2007. And it was 2008 that MNA severed ties with ANA without getting the 2/3 vote of the membership that bylaws required and joined with NNU. It seems from what I’ve been reading that nurses from other state nurses associations have raised concerns that are worth knowing about.


  3. Posted by Leyla on July 7, 2010 at 7:38 am

    I’m so happy that the contract was ratified. Our patients and our communities won’t have to worry, or suffer as a result of an open-ended strike. I hope that as we move forward we can repair the damage MNA has done to the reputation of the profession of nursing.

    I hope we see a complete turnover in MNA representation. I’d love to see more of OUR voices represented.


  4. Posted by neehow on July 7, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Now that the NNU and MNA falls into the backdrop leaving the RNs to to repair the damage they have cause; what pressure can be put on the Union to spend some of the Membership dues to publically win back the trust that has been lost or tarnished?


    • I am checking with a labor attorney to see what options we have to put pressure on MNA to prevent us from doing this again. A friend of mine said, “stayed tuned for 2-1/2 years from now”. I don’t want to see a repeat of what we just went through.


      • Posted by wildfox on July 7, 2010 at 3:51 pm

        Congrats !!! anurse !!! You did it. Without your blog and a place for nurses to come and voice their opinions in a professional manner who knows what might have happened. I will always remember our time together and wish the best to you.


        • Our time together is not over yet wildfox! We have much work to do!


          • Posted by wildfox on July 7, 2010 at 5:09 pm

            I know we need to change the current union mind set and reps. I hope it is possible to make this big change by the next MNA election. Email me if you need any help or need to brainstorm on the “how to’s” … I have been a community organizer (I know this is a dirty word since Obama was one!) for many years and know how to get things done!


          • Posted by Angie on July 7, 2010 at 5:20 pm

            When you have information from the labor attorney, please post. I have retained my membership in MNA only to help make some much needed changes! Challenging the “vote” to break away from ANA may be the first step?


            • Posted by wildfox on July 7, 2010 at 5:26 pm

              We need to get together to construct a health care platform to present to MNA and if thye are unwilling to adopt it we can vote them out or we can campaign to members the new ideas and hopefully they will like the ideas and stand with us. Everyone start thinking of changes you would like to see and we can put together a great proposal. It would be nice to have a copy of MNA current platform/rules for us to work off of.

  5. Posted by dmpablo on July 7, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Where do you go from here for 2013? You make darn sure that the hospitals address the nurse/patient ratio issue. I know I’m going to do it thru any means I have at my disposal. See you all again in 2013.


  6. Posted by Nancy on July 7, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    You have many supporters from the non-nursing profession who also think you did remarkable things with this blog! I am certainly not anti-nurse, or even anti-union, just ‘anti-the-way-this-was-played’ for the rest of us in the health care field in this day and age. If you have your meet and greet and open it up to more that just nurses, it would be a pleasure to say hello and thank you ~ you truly made a difference.


  7. FYI, I submitted an Editorial to the Start Tribune this morning which will appear in Saturday’s paper revealing my identity. If we are going to use this site to move forward and create change I need to put my name on it to dispell the rumors that this is being done by the hospitals. I started this site on my own to provide us all with a safe place to discuss issues that were burdening us without being attacked. This site far exceeded my expectations of a small chat room….which should tell us all how much we needed it! It has never been my intention to bust the union. I am just hoping we can look at the process and not repeat what we just went through in the coming years.


    • Posted by Linda R Larson on July 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm

      Just another clear indication of the integrity and positive direction of this blog. When the story gets out just imagine hundreds of us standing behind you in green and our hands are raised in support of what you have given to nurses, the public, other healthcare providers, the profession of nursing and to patient care. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. l will always believe that you truly did create the turning point in this negotiation. You gave ALL people a voice free from fear. You held everyone to a high standard of respect and dignity. You highlighted what the profession of nursing is and you saw a huge need AND took the steps to meet that need. I applaud you. I anticipate great things from all the nurses and their supporters working together for a common goal. Florence would be very proud!!!!


      • Thank you Linda, I always appreciate your kind words. As I am sure there will be many unkind words said of me in the near future, I will hold on to these words and know I acted with dignity.


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