Essentia Health and Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) Hold Sixth Bargaining Session for Essentia Health-St. Joseph Medical Center in Brainerd

12/06/19

Essentia Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association continued bargaining today for a new labor agreement covering nurses at Essentia Health–St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. The parties discussed scheduling and economic issues. The next bargaining session is scheduled for December 19th, with two dates also scheduled in January.

Essentia Health and Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) Hold Fifth Bargaining Session for Essentia Health-St. Joseph Medical Center in Brainerd

11/22/19

Essentia Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association continued bargaining today for a new labor agreement covering nurses at Essentia Health–St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. Discussions covered scheduling, shift cancellation processes, and economic issues. The next bargaining session is scheduled for Friday, December 6th to be followed by another session December 19th.

Essentia Health and Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) Hold Fourth Bargaining Session for Essentia Health-St. Joseph Medical Center in Brainerd

11/04/19

Essentia Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association continued bargaining today for a new labor agreement covering nurses at Essentia Health–St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. Tentative agreements were reached on issues involving vacation scheduling as well as a Letter of Agreement on deferral of admissions. The next bargaining session is scheduled for Friday, November 22nd and additional dates for December 5th and 19th were also agreed upon.

Essentia Health and Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) Hold Third Bargaining Session for Essentia Health-St. Joseph Medical Center in Brainerd

10/29/19

Essentia Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association continued bargaining today for a new labor agreement covering nurses at Essentia Health–St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. Both sides exchanged proposals focusing on non-economic issues, including discussions on vacations and scheduling. The next bargaining session is scheduled for Monday, November 4th.

Essentia Health and Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) Continue Bargaining for Essentia Health-St. Joseph Medical Center in Brainerd

10/14/19

Essentia Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association continued bargaining today for a new labor agreement covering nurses at Essentia Health–St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. A tentative agreement was reached by both parties on workplace violence language, and discussions also covered non-economic issues and a floating proposal. Economic proposals around health insurance and wages were also brought to the table today. The next bargaining session is scheduled for October 29th.

Essentia Health and Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) Open Bargaining for Essentia Health-St. Joseph Medical Center in Brainerd

09/17/19

Essentia Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association began bargaining today for a new labor agreement covering nurses at Essentia Health–St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. The parties exchanged proposals and began discussions focused on understanding each other’s perspectives. The discussions were informative and helpful to both parties. The next bargaining session is scheduled for October 29th.

Essentia Health and MNA to Open Brainerd Negotiations

09/13/19

Essentia Health and the MNA have agreed to begin collective bargaining September 17 for a new Brainerd contract. The agreement will cover our more than 250 MNA-represented nurses at Essentia Health—St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd. We look forward to these negotiations being productive because we have a long history of reaching mutually acceptable agreements with the MNA for more than 50 years across our system.

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 began bargaining with the MNA in Brainerd on Tuesday, September 17. 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, 2019.

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?

If you haven’t found your answer here, you may email us at bargaining@essentiahealth.org. We will do our best to review all additional questions. However, the questions and answers here are a representative sample and will not include every question asked.