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Nurses Association reaches tentative contract agreement with Essentia

“Thanks to public pressure and pressure from other unions, we were able to have really constructive discussions with management about our concerns and we’re happy that we’ve reached a tentative agreement,” said Rubesch.

The contract includes nurses at Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth and Superior, and Duluth’s Miller-Dwan Building.

In a statement, Essentia officials said both parties reached a mutually beneficial agreement.

“This is a really strong contract that puts patients and put nurses first”

The Minnesota Nurses Association still has to make the contract official.

But while nurses at Essentia are breathing a sigh of relief, nurses at St. Lukes still have to go back to the negotiating table in early September.

In a statement on Thursday, St. Luke’s said it’s looking forward the next scheduled negotiation and they’re optimistic that they will be able to reach a tentative agreement.

“The nurses here at Essentia are proud to stand in solidarity with nurses at St. Lukes, and continue to put pressure on management there to reach a similarly favorable deal with their patients and nurses,” said Rubesch.

The Minnesota Nurses Association plans to share more details of the tentative Essentia agreement with its members on Tuesday.

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