Lake View nurses withdraw strike notice, contract negotiations continue

The 18 nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association at St. Luke’s Lake View Hospital in Two Harbors have withdrawn their unfair labor practice strike notice, as negotiations continue over a new contract. Lake View nurses’ contract expired on September 30, 2022.

The MNA Lake View Nurse Negotiation Team issued the following statement:
“As a sign of good faith, the nurses of Lake View Hospital have chosen to withdraw our ten-day unfair labor practice strike notice for the time being, in the hopes that management will start collaborating with nurses and take these negotiations seriously by treating our priorities and our nurses with the respect we deserve moving forward. Lake View nurses are committed to working towards a fair contract that uplifts our community and protects the future of healthcare in Two Harbors and the rest of Northeastern Minnesota.”

St. Luke’s has issued the following statement:
“Lake View is looking forward to returning to the bargaining table on Friday, December 9 for our third negotiation session. Lake View will continue our strong tradition of working collaboratively with the MNA to reach an agreement that is fair to all of our stakeholders, including our patients, community and our entire Lake View team.”

Lake View nurses had previously voted with nurses at 15 hospitals in the Twin Cities and Twin Ports to authorize an unfair labor practices strike; strike plans were averted in both regions when tentative agreements were reached earlier this week.