Essentia Health recognizes the MNA as the union representing more than 1,300 nurses in the Twin Ports area. Negotiations began on April 18, 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 – June 17, 2022 Update

6/17/22

Representatives of Essentia Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association conducted bargaining today. The day began with a scheduled Essentia presentation on the nurse residency program and there was also discussion on staffing. The parties then broke to allow the MNA to caucus. The MNA returned later in the afternoon to offer responses to outstanding proposals.

At the end of the day, Essentia requested that MNA agree to bring in mediation services to assist the parties in reaching an agreement. The MNA declined. Mediation is the assistance of a neutral third-party to help advance bargaining to a successful conclusion. The next bargaining session is scheduled for June 30.

Essentia Health and Minnesota Nurses Association Bargaining – June 13, 2022 Update

6/13/22

Representatives of Essentia Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association conducted bargaining today. The parties continued to work through non-economic and economic issues in a deliberate way and made some progress on contract language. The next bargaining session is scheduled for June 17.

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

6/9/22

Essentia Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association, representing nurses in the Twin Ports area, continued contract negotiations on Thursday, June 9. Incremental progress was made on a number of outstanding proposals. The next bargaining date is scheduled for Monday, June 13, with additional sessions on the calendar.

Essentia Health and Minnesota Nurses Association Bargaining – May 26, 2022 Update

5/26/22

Essentia Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association, representing nurses in the Twin Ports area, continued contract negotiations on Thursday, May 26. Essentia responded to open MNA proposals, including the union’s initial economic proposal. The next bargaining date is scheduled for Thursday, June 9.

Essentia Health and Minnesota Nurses Association Bargaining – May 20, 2022 Update

5/20/22

Essentia Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association, representing nurses in the Twin Ports area, continued contract negotiations on Friday, May 20. They had productive discussions around proposals related to hours and flex scheduling. The next bargaining date is scheduled for Thursday, May 26.

Essentia Health and Minnesota Nurses Association Bargaining – May 2, 2022 Update

5/2/22

Essentia Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association, representing nurses in the Twin Ports area, continued contract negotiations on Monday, May 2. The MNA team shared its initial economic proposal and Essentia Health requested clarification on several points. There was also discussion about Essentia’s paid time off proposal. Tentative agreement was reached on a number of other proposals. The next bargaining date is scheduled for Friday, May 20.

 

Essentia Health and Minnesota Nurses Association Bargaining – April 25, 2022 Update

4/25/22

Essentia Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association representing nurses in the Twin Ports area continued contract negotiations Monday, April 25. We have reached tentative agreement on the MNA’s proposal on uniforms and on parts of several other union proposals.


Both sides sought and received additional clarification on each other’s proposals and have indicated that they are prepared to put forward additional counter proposals and revisions next week. Essentia will be bringing internal experts to the next meeting to discuss more details about its PTO proposal, based on our discussion today.


We believe we are well-positioned to continue productive discussions at our next bargaining session scheduled for Monday, May 2.

 

Essentia Health and Minnesota Nurses Association Bargaining – April 18, 2022 Update

4/18/22

Essentia Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association representing nurses in the Twin Ports area began contract talks Monday, April 18, 2022. 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 more than 1,300 nurses in the Twin Ports area. Essentia Health and the MNA are negotiating new terms and conditions of employment to follow the expiration of the current agreement on June 30, 2022.

Essentia Health began meeting with the MNA on Monday, April 18, 2022, and will be meeting with the MNA periodically as negotiations progress.

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 the Twin Ports area 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 a deliberate way through the usual process of bargaining in good faith. This site will post any significant developments in negotiations.

Still Have a Question?

For additional information or relevant questions not addressed here, email the Essentia Health team at bargaining@essentiahealth.org.