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Minnesota Nurses Association negotiating team rejects St. Luke’s wage increase delay

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DULUTH, MN -- The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) has shot down a proposal from St. Luke's Hospital that would have delayed wage increases.

St. Luke's says it approached the nurses union in an effort to help manage expenses and preserve jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The co-chair of MNA's St. Luke's bargaining unit says nurses were willing to hold off on the pay increase if St Luke's agreed to honor the nurse's contracts in the potential event of a sale. St. Luke's did not agree to it.

In a statement, the hospital called such a suggested move a "significant structural changes in the overall contract."

St. Luke's adds at no point in the discussion did an acquisition or merger with any other health systems come up.

The contract between the MNA and St. Luke's runs through 2022.

Ramona Marozas

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