Essentia Health and Minnesota Nurses Association Moose Lake Bargaining – July 21 Update


Essentia Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association continued making progress this week toward a mutually agreeable contract covering more than 50 nurses in Moose Lake. The session resulted in four tentative agreements. We look forward to continuing negotiations in our next session, scheduled for August 2.

Essentia Health and Minnesota Nurses Association Continue Contract Talks May 27 for Essentia Health-Moose Lake


Essentia Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association are continuing contract talks Thursday, May 27, 2021, affecting more than 50 nurses in our Moose Lake facilities. We are committed to engaging in good-faith bargaining and reaching a mutually agreeable settlement that supports our Mission of making a healthy difference in people’s lives, keeping Essentia nursing jobs among the best in the communities we are privileged to serve and supporting excellence in patient care. 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.

Essentia Health recognizes the MNA as the union representing the more than 50 nurses at Moose Lake, but there was not an MNA contract in place with Essentia Health when it assumed Moose Lake operations as of August 1, 2020. Essentia Health and the MNA are setting initial terms and conditions of employment with these negotiations at Moose Lake for a new labor agreement.

Essentia Health is meeting with the MNA in Moose Lake on Thursday, May 27, 2021 and will be meeting with the MNA on future dates.

Essentia Health has a history of reaching successful agreements with the MNA across our system, and we are committed to reaching a similar outcome in Moose Lake this year.

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 Moose Lake in a deliberate way through the usual process of bargaining in good faith. We will update you with any significant developments in negotiations.

Still Have a Question?

If you haven’t found your answer here, you may email us at 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.