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St. Luke's and MNA Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Nurses carrying picket signs outside of St. Luke's hospital. Nurses carrying picket signs outside of St. Luke's hospital. |  Photo: WDIO/Glenn Kellahan

Darren Danielson
Updated: September 21, 2019 01:03 PM

Negotiations between nurses and management of St. Luke's hospital resulted in a tentative contract agreement Saturday.

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The MNA said after 17 hours of negotiations, nurses reached a tentative agreement early Saturday on a new three year contract with St. Luke's.

A statement from the MNA said the agreement ensures there's enough nurses to care for patients safely. 

The tentative agreement addresses staffing shortages, specifying that nurses will be paid short staffing bonuses if they are called in when the hospital is busy. Additionally, the agreement lists wage increases for nurses which will be 3%, 3.8%, and 2.25% over three years.

St. Luke's nurses also won the same workplace violence measures that MNA nurses in the Twin Cities agreed to in their contracts this past June.

In a written statement Saturday morning, St. Luke's President & CEO Kevin Nokels said, "St. Luke’s has worked in good faith toward the goal of achieving a contract that is fair to our valued nurses and helps preserve St. Luke’s future as an independent healthcare system. We are confident that the MNA membership will vote to ratify the proposed contract so we can move forward together as one care team to provide our patients and communities with outstanding care."

Nokels said added they will continue to provide updates on negotiations.

As of now, MNA said they'll pull the strike notice for the work stoppage scheduled for Oct. 3.

MNA nurses will vote to ratify the agreement on September 25.

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