Nurses union and hospitals reach tent...

Nurses union and hospitals reach tentative agreement

There are 69 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jul 1, 2010, titled Nurses union and hospitals reach tentative agreement. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Striking nurses picket outside Children's Hospital Thursday, June 10, 2010 in Minneapolis as more than 12,000 nurses stage a one-day strike at 14 hospitals in the Twin Cities metro area in a dispute over staffing levels and pension benefits.

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Bufford T Justice

Cannon Falls, MN

#1 Jul 1, 2010
But according to all the CRAP the nurses and the union kept yapping about, it wasn't about the compensation but patient care!!!!!!!

Either way, sign the stupid no change contract and move on. Typical lies to throw the patients in front of the bus approach to get your own ways.

Just the fact that nurses strike puts them as a replaceable factory worker, not like all other college educated professionals.

“I am always right.”

Since: Oct 09

Former MN Taxpayer

#2 Jul 1, 2010
Happy days are here again...

The union stood together, stayed strong, and watched as the management negotiating team folded their cards and decided to quit bluffing.

Well done to all who supported their union and made those crooked corporations back down.

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whaddayathink

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Jul 1, 2010
Isn't it telling that the FB post has no mention of staffing ratios? All about patient care, huh...
here we go

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Jul 1, 2010
So their pay and pensions are preserved? That's it?I thought it was all about patient care and staffing issues!
Rusty Shackelford

Faribault, MN

#5 Jul 1, 2010
All the regular nurse and union bloggers... Time to move on and make glib comments about other subjects and bully others. C'mon, move along- there's nothing to see here!

I'm going back to Arlen to get a cold one now...
suchnonsense

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Jul 1, 2010
It was all about patient safety. Isn't it obvious? The hospitals agreed to keep benefits and pensions the same as they had been getting, and now all of a sudden the hospitals are much safer for nurses and patients!
Wow! Who knew?

I am laughing my ass off!!!!!!! This is too priceless for words!
Andrew

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Jul 1, 2010
Wait a tick, I thought it wasn't about the money? I have no problem with someone asking for more money, but just be honest about it in the future.
Only about the money

Maple Grove, MN

#8 Jul 1, 2010
Just like we all thought.....
It was about the money, not patient care!!
George

Saint Paul, MN

#9 Jul 1, 2010
Union members are the same as organized crime. Just a bunch of thugs! I have to laugh when they call replacement workers scabs. A scab is a good thing. It aids in healing a wound. In this case the wound is caused by the union thugs.
I Hate Unions

Philadelphia, PA

#10 Jul 1, 2010
Yeah, it was all about patient care and safety! Puh-lease! The nurses saw that they had no public support and folded like a card table. No more talks were scheduled and the hospitals were hanging tough, so I can only assume the union went groveling on its knees to the hospitals.Yep, those union dues are really getting you some nice benefits nurses. Fire your union! They made you all look like clowns.
lady

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Jul 1, 2010
We new it was $ all along. Not patient safety! LAZY GREEDY NURSES!
Bob the Bilderberger

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Jul 1, 2010
Like I said, whenever someone says it's not about the money, it's about the money.
lulu

Minneapolis, MN

#13 Jul 1, 2010
Nurses SUCK!
Wizconie

Amery, WI

#14 Jul 1, 2010
Too bad. I was hoping the 4000 replacements that would be brought in to replace the 12,000 strikers would save the hospitals serious $. Prolly would've been alot better looking than the strikers too.
Hack Jah

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Jul 1, 2010
IrishMN wrote:
Happy days are here again...
The union stood together, stayed strong, and watched as the management negotiating team folded their cards and decided to quit bluffing.
Well done to all who supported their union and made those crooked corporations back down.
Really? Your MNA sunglasses must be bit thicker than the other's they handed out - this is delusional.

The hospitals would have striked forever to avoid letting the Union determine how the hospitals should be staffed. Well, at least the patients safety is in good hands now that you have your money.

Stay strong, stood together, crumpled - GAG!
Sandy

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Jul 1, 2010
IrishMN wrote:
Happy days are here again...
The union stood together, stayed strong, and watched as the management negotiating team folded their cards and decided to quit bluffing.
Well done to all who supported their union and made those crooked corporations back down.
And how about another round of kool-aid for the troops!

Since: Jun 10

The Thunder Mansion

#18 Jul 1, 2010
Wow, you people are amazing. It was the hospitals that pulled the concessions off the table, so how does that equate to the nurses "folding like a card table"? This is the kind of outcome that happens when both sides are willing to negotiate. The hospitals gave a little as did the nurses. They came to an agreement to re-evaluate the staffing ratios. Everybody won in this situation and yet you continue to bad mouth the nurses and their union. Shame on you.
I Hate Unions

Philadelphia, PA

#19 Jul 1, 2010
bobxray wrote:
Wow, you people are amazing. It was the hospitals that pulled the concessions off the table, so how does that equate to the nurses "folding like a card table"? This is the kind of outcome that happens when both sides are willing to negotiate. The hospitals gave a little as did the nurses. They came to an agreement to re-evaluate the staffing ratios. Everybody won in this situation and yet you continue to bad mouth the nurses and their union. Shame on you.
All of the continued benefits were offered by the hospitals yesterday, but the offer was rejected because it didn't have the ratios in it and the pension language wasn't quite strong enough. Shoring up the pension language was a tiny concession compared to the union-demanded ratios. The hospitals clearly had the power position here and kicked the union's butt!
Sandy

Saint Paul, MN

#20 Jul 1, 2010
bobxray wrote:
Wow, you people are amazing. It was the hospitals that pulled the concessions off the table, so how does that equate to the nurses "folding like a card table"? This is the kind of outcome that happens when both sides are willing to negotiate. The hospitals gave a little as did the nurses. They came to an agreement to re-evaluate the staffing ratios. Everybody won in this situation and yet you continue to bad mouth the nurses and their union. Shame on you.
I believe it was the nurses the union who began the bad-mouthing and the nurses jumped on the union bandwagon; this is sop for unions.

If they can't stand the heat, they ought not go in the kitchen! It's that simple.
no shit

Minneapolis, MN

#22 Jul 1, 2010
Some telling comments from MNA FB:

"... Curious about the unsafe staffing that has been complained about for years. Where does that fit into our contract. That's what was the main issue right? Not wages, not pensions. The right for us to do our job safely and to the utmost best of our ability, right? I sure hope that all this anguish wasn't for money....in todays economy.....if it was....we should be ashamed of ourselves...."

"In reading the statement Allina put out it talked about a settlement with wages and that nothing relating to staffing had been changed, isn't that a huge reason in why we were striking?"

"When are we going to grow up (professionally) and STOP allowing others to dictate to us what is/is not safe staffing...whimping out here!!!!"

Let's not assume it's over yet. Though I do agree it was all about money.

I love the posts that say they WON. They got exactly what they had.

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