MNA nurses vote “overwhelmingly” to ratify contracts

After months of negotiations, pickets and narrow avoidance of a 20 day strike, 15,000 Minnesota nurses have officially ratified a new contract.

Twin Cities and Twin Ports nurses with the Minnesota Nurses Association voted in increments Dec. 9-13 whether to ratify tentative three-year contracts the union established with hospital systems across the state this month.

Twin Ports nurses will receive a 17% pay increase over the next three years, and Twin Cities nurses will receive a 18% pay increase. The deal also includes language that will allow nurses to have a say in the staffing levels- that protects both nurses and patients.