Clinic facilities

Minnesota nurses’ strike shuts down ERs and urgent care clinics

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (NewsNation Now) – A health care facility in Minnesota temporarily closed its emergency room and urgent care facility after nurses went on strike Sunday morning.

About 50 nurses at Allina Health’s WestHealth campus in Plymouth have quit their jobs, fighting for better paid leave and benefits.

WestHealth is a medical campus that has 24/7 emergency care and emergency services.

The planned three-day strike was called after failed attempts at negotiations that had been ongoing since May this year.

According to the American Nurses Association, more than 500,000 senior nurses are expected to retire by next year. United States. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the need for 1.1 million new nurses to expand and replace those retirees.

Allina Health says it has negotiated seven times with the Minnesota Nurses Association.

“At a time when hospitals are under significant pressure across the state and nation due to sustained high volumes of COVID-19 and other acute illnesses, a work stoppage benefits no one,” Allina replied. Health in a press release.

The Allina Health statement also said, in part:

“Throughout the negotiations, we have consistently offered proposals that demonstrate our commitment to our employees, including an immediate salary increase to bring salaries in line with those of other metro hospitals.”

The Nurses Association of Minnesota also provided the statement, saying:

“Compensating nurses fairly for paid time off is especially critical because understaffing in Allina and other hospital systems has forced nurses to work more days and longer hours, including overtime and holidays. , as they continue on the frontlines of the covid 19 pandemic.”

Mary Turner, president of the Minnesota Nurses Association, discussed the strike with NewsNation’s Adrienne Bankert on Morning in America. You can watch the full interview below.

It’s not just nurses, as thousands of workers are on strike across the United States, demanding higher wages and better conditions despite Hollywood makeup artists and cameramen recently reaching a deal to avoid a slippage.

The nurses plan to continue striking from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until October 20.