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Essentia Health-Virginia notified of MNA nurses’ intent to picket

VIRGINIA, MN -- The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) has informed Essentia Health-Virginia of its intent to conduct an informational picket on Monday, August 3.

According to a hospital press release Thursday, the picket will occur just outside the Iron Range facility.

Essentia Health-Virginia and MNA nurses are negotiating a labor agreement after their previous contract expired last August.

Seven negotiating sessions have taken place since December and another one is scheduled for Thursday.

Essentia says the group looks forward to reaching a mutually beneficial agreement, and they respect the nurses' right to conduct informational pickets.

The MNA says it's important to note this scheduled event is not a strike.

Essentia Health-Virginia leaders state they are still open and ready for incoming patients, even during the planned picket.

Ryan Haff

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