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Tentative Deal to Avert Essentia Deer River Strike

Tentative Deal to Avert Essentia Deer River Strike Photo: WDIO/MGN

Created: December 31, 2019 10:44 AM

Essentia Health says it and a union have reached a tentative agreement to avert a potential strike later this week at its Deer River hospital and nursing home.

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The Service Employee International Union Healthcare Minnesota strike by 96 workers was scheduled to take place on Thursday, Jan. 2 and Friday, Jan. 3.  Essentia says it reached a tentative agreement with the union on Monday evening.

"Both parties worked hard to make progress in negotiations to reach a mutually beneficial agreement that supports our mission of being called to make a healthy difference in people’s lives, keeps Essentia jobs among the best in the communities we are privileged to serve and supports excellence in patient care," Essentia said in a prepared statement.

Details of the tentative agreement have not been released.  The deal is subject to a vote by union members.

The union had cited pay and benefits as the sticking points in the negotiations.

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