Essentia Health recognizes the MNA as the union representing 250 nurses at Essentia Health-St. Joseph Medical Center. Negotiations are scheduled to begin on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. Essentia Health is committed to working through the usual process of bargaining in good faith to come to a mutually agreeable contract.

Essentia Health and Minnesota Nurses Association Bargaining – November 16, 2022 Update

Essentia Health and the MNA conducted bargaining today where the parties discussed Essentia’s proposal on Paid Time Off, Holidays, Bereavement, and Short-term Disability, and there was good interaction. The session today was only scheduled for the morning. The parties agreed on specific topics to be discussed at the next session on December 7, including scheduling and staffing. We look forward to making progress at that next bargaining session.

Essentia Health and Minnesota Nurses Association Bargaining – November 9, 2022 Update

Essentia Health and the MNA opened discussions today toward a new agreement in Brainerd. The two parties traded initial proposals, and Essentia answered questions from the MNA. We are look forward to continuing to work to find mutually agreeable solutions to the issues that are important to our nurses and the local community. We were eager to come to the table today after offering many dates and being unable to find an earlier date that worked for both teams. Our next bargaining session is scheduled for Nov. 16.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below is a representative sample of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the bargaining process and what it means for MNA and Essentia Health.

The current Brainerd agreement covers more than 250 nurses at Essentia Health–St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

Essentia Health will begin bargaining with the MNA in Brainerd on Wednesday, November 9. Essentia Health has a history of reaching successful agreements with the MNA across our system, and we are focused on reaching a similar outcome in Brainerd this year.

Our MNA agreement in Brainerd expired on October 31, 2022.

We are privileged to have some of the best nurses in the country, and we are committed to reaching a mutually agreeable settlement that supports our Mission of being called to make a healthy difference in people’s lives. We are committed to providing a safe work environment, keeping Essentia nursing jobs among the best in the communities we are privileged to serve, and supporting excellence in patient care.

We also remain committed to providing seamless, high-quality care to our patients and their families while we work through the bargaining process.

Essentia Health is committed to working through a range of issues of interest to both parties in Brainerd in a deliberate way through the usual process of bargaining in good faith.

Yes, we will continue to provide appropriate updates on the process in Brainerd.

That includes posting more FAQs and providing updates after each bargaining session to help ensure that our nurses and others stay informed.

Still Have a Question?

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