“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.