Momentary Accord between Nurses and Hospitals

The Minnesota Nurses Association's 12,000 associates will vote on Tuesday on whether to sanction contract conformity between the union and 14 hospitals.

The nurses' union and Twin Cities’ hospitals reached a transitory accord on a new contract on Thursday, which would likely avert an open-ended nurses’ strike that was going to start from Tuesday.

Voting will take place from 6 a. m. to 10 p. m. at two different locations: MNA offices in St. Louis Park and Park Center High School in Brooklyn Park.

Notably, 51% of the nurses must vote in favor of the contract so as to confirm it. If 66% of union members do not give thumbs-up to the accord, the vote would as well serve as an authorization to strike.

The union's negotiating groups have agreed to suggest ratification, according to a joint statement released on Thursday by the union and hospitals.

The registered nurses and the hospitals are of the perception that a settlement of the labor accord at this time is in the best interests of patients and the community, the statement stated.

As per the transaction, the nurses sacrificed their demand for stiff nurse-to-patient ratios, which they said was required to bring improvement in patient safety, but the hospitals did not go with that plan since they thought that it would cost a lot of money and raise their expenses.