Essentia Health recognizes the MNA as the union representing about 50 nurses at Essentia Health-Deer River. Negotiations for the next contract began on August 17, 2023. Essentia Health is committed to working through the usual process of bargaining in good faith to come to a mutually agreeable contract.


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 agreement covers about 50 nurses at Essentia Health–Deer River.

Essentia Health began bargaining with the MNA in Deer River this summer. 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 Deer River this year.

Our MNA agreement in Deer River expires on September 30, 2023.

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 making a healthy difference in people’s lives. We are committed to providing a safe work environment, keeping Essentia nursing jobs among the best in Deer River, 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 Deer River 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 Deer River.


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