Strike Support

I started this post to support those around the state and country who are going through a strike and need support and have questions.


16 responses to this post.

  1. Informational picketing is scheduled in Bemidji. I urge the nurses to really read the proposals….the one’s the hospital has proposed not the one MNA/NNU has taken and put their twist on. If someone has a link to the real proposal please post here for the nurses to read why they are striking, which will ultimately hurt their patients. This is the information on the informational picketing:


  2. Posted by Serenity19 on August 13, 2011 at 4:10 am

    Remember that Nursing is a profession, not a political farce. As a professional, you do what you can for your patients; if you really thought their was unsafe staffing at your hospital, would you continue to work for that hospital? Yes, their are certain situations, but I have always had the resources when asked to deal with that situation. Have their been hard shifts, absolutely! I go home knowing I gave my best, that I acted as a professional, and that the patients received the best care I could give them. I’m not running around, yelling, being angry and getting nowhere. Both sides have to compromise. I will never loose my dignity knowing I have been where I was born to be, with the patient, by the patient, being a nurse.


  3. Posted by Serenity19 on August 15, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Hello Everyone,

    The most recent MNA Accent Magazine had just released “The Proposed Resolution in Opposition to Magnet Status”!!!!!! They do not want to support any magnet status of any hospital in Minnesota. Many hospitals have worked very hard to achieve this status because they believe in the profession of nursing and we as nurses have every right to acknowledge our expertise and be proud that we can provide top notch patient care. As we go forward, the insurance industry is going to reimburse patient care according to patient satisfaction. Patients are having every right to demand and expect good patient care and will go by what is published and by what they hear from peers. How many of us want to lose our jobs because of low census due to patients not choosing where we work? Why not be proud of where we work and be professionals; providing top notch patient care which I think the Magnet status has the distinction of showing the public! I feel like the union is dragging this profession into the dumps which is no place that I want to be


    • Posted by Kelly on August 18, 2011 at 7:58 am

      Thank you for mentioning MNAs (NNU) thoughts against Magnut status. I just heard about it and it is so sad for all the nurses at these hospitals that worked so hard for it. The sad part is it represents nurses and the wonderful care they provide, how they advocate for their patients and provide evidenced based care. There is a vote Oct. 16th. Please those of you in the contract be informed and vote with your heart and beliefs not what MNA feeds you or tells you “the employer” is doing to you. Magnet is what patients, doctors and future nurses are looing for. If these hospitals do not have it, it will hurt them as far as getting business and hiring in all areas, plus competing in the market against non_contract hospitals that do have it.


  4. Posted by butterfly on August 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    I am in complete agreement with you Serenity. There is no attempt on the part of MNA due to the influence of NNU to work with management to solve issues.One of their reasons that they did recognize Magnet stauts was that if will interfere with Union solidarity. Unbeleivable!!!


  5. Has anyone heard anything from Bemidji this week? They were supposed to negotiate on the 7th of Sept but I have not heard any updates. I suspect they will go out on strike again. Continue to pray for the patients and the nurses who do not agree with this radical union.


  6. Posted by Anonymous on September 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    23,000 nurses are planning to walk off the job in California this Thursday…..NNU is succeeding in staging the largest strike. This is so sad for the nursing profession and the patients.


    • Posted by Dragonfly on September 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      I saw this too. The video I saw on AOL says they are overworked? Hmmmm…So–how are those staffing ratios working for them? Admin says they made offers in April with no counter offer since? Sounds familiar–the silent treatment as they wouldn’t want to “bargain”. And I thought NNU/CNA was a bargaining unit. I’d really like to know what is being offered. Things cannot just keep going up and up…we are bottoming out!It is the way of the nation right now. Then, they complain about the CEO salary just as they did here. Same tactics–class warfare. It sounds as if they are geting little public support due to high unemployment numbers. This too sounds familiar…Pray for the safety of the patients as they walk out “because they care for them”. Ya–right.


      • Posted by nursewhocares on September 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm

        California is one of the only states CNA has succeeded in mandating nursing ratios through state legislation. This was a fight for wages and benefits, not patient safety.


  7. Posted by Kelly on September 23, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Yes, I believe they are gearing up for Minnesota in 2013 and attempting to block everything before that they possibly can. Even things that are for patient safety and nursing practice. So sad to watch the nursing profession be representated in this fashion. They are not represeting the nurse as they should, it is the agenda of NNU and where the leaders of MNA feel they want to rule.


  8. Sadly, after the strike in CA the death of a woman is reported….due to a medical mistake while under the care of a replacement nurse. The union is once again pointing fingers at the hospital blaming them instead of the nurses for going out on strike. Some of the hospitals contracts were not even under negoitation yet…but they went out on a sympathy strike. I continue to be appalled at nurses who go on strike and say it is for the patients…..the nurses chose to go on strike….and their walking out on the patients caused the death of a woman. Pray for the nurse, who made a mistake, but due to the strike it will receive alot of publicity. Also say a prayer for the woman’s family as they grieve their loss.


    • Posted by Dragonfly on September 27, 2011 at 11:52 pm

      Heard the above incident cited on national news today. It was suggested maybe nursing should be like air traffic controllers and not be allowed to strike and walk off the job. The newcaster amazingly had the data from the national study that was done that shows patient mortality rises by a much as 20% during a nursing strike at that hospital. Sounds very familiar to myself–just wish the entire nation knew so we could make inroads so nurses would be deemed essential workers. Hence, unable to strike! Hallelujah!


  9. Posted by butterfly on September 28, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I am truly saddened by the tragic loss of this innocent womans life that occurred during the unwarranted nursing strike in California. This is the exact reason that my conscience would not allow me to walk out on my patients during the 2010 strike at the Twin Cities hospitals. I had to ask myself were there any issues on the table that I would be willing to risk one life just because MNA recommened we vote to strike? I am proud to say that for me the answer was no, even though I knew the repercussions that I would face, but I will never regret my decision. I truly hope that MNA/NNU will honor the memory of this woman and will never again authorize a strike in the name pt. safety, (especially when pay, benfits and a poliitical agenda) are on the table at any other hospital or health care institution in this country . The only answer to solving the problems facing ou health care industry is by working together with labor and managemnent side by side, unit by unit, each person taking responsibility for making their workplace as safe as it can be.


    • Posted by nursewhocares on September 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      NNU honor the memory of this patient. Absolutely not and instead have placed blame on the hospital administration for the continue lock out. It seems CNA leaves out the details on how difficult it is to provide for a one day strike including how to call back staff after the short strike is over. I do not understand this one day tactic which cost so much financial and now it appears to have an effect on a patient’s life.


  10. Posted by butterfly on September 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Maybe I did not phrase this right, what I meant was that NNU needs to to take responsibility for authorizing the strike in the first place thereby providing the environment that may have led to his woman’s tragic death. And one way to never let this happen ever again is for the MNA/NNu to never strike at any hospital or healthcare institution in this country as means to resolve issues,because simply put, hospitals have no other chooice but to have replacement nurses to continue to care for the patients when nurses walk off the job!


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