Nurses, Allina Health ready to negotiate again

KSTP Chris Knoll
KSTP Chris Knoll

05 October, 2016

The union that represents thousands of nurses who are on strike in Minnesota said Tuesday it is ready to return to the bargaining table after rejecting Allina Health's latest contract offer.

The Minnesota Nurses Association was still tallying votes on Monday evening from as many as 4,800 Allina hospital nurses - with the outcome either putting them back to work under a new three-year contract, or extending one of the longest nursing strikes in Minnesota history.

In two previous votes this summer, union negotiators recommended that members reject Allina's offer.

In a statement, Allina Health says it's now up to the union to come up with a proposal.

"In order to get some sort of monetary safety net to protect nurses moving to Allina's high-deductible health plans, they were asking us to give more away", said Abbott Northwestern Hospital Registered Nurse and Negotiating Team Member Angela Becchetti, "The nurses saw through that". The company also says more than 500 nurses have crossed the picket lines and continued to work.

Red Sox officially will take on Indians in ALDS
Danny Salazar , who hasn't pitched since September 9 because of a forearm strain, could throw a simulated game Monday. And if the Indians play Monday, Francona said he has "no idea" who would start.

England Receive 'Our Journey Has Begun' Postcards from Sam Allardyce After Exit
Allardyce's 67 days in charge was the shortest of any permanent England manager. "I think he would have done a good job".

Cabrera homer gives Tigers win against Indians
I'm wanting that feeling and this team's wanting that feeling and hopefully we can get it done these next four games". Once the managers returned to their respective clubhouses, the grounds crew pulled the tarp back on the infield.

The five hospitals include Abbott Northwestern and Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, United in St. Paul, Mercy in Coon Rapids and Unity in Fridley.

Striking nurses lost their health insurance as of October 1, and it was unclear how heavily that would influence the voting, according to the report.

Voting took place from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday.

"Allina Health will continue to seek solutions to this and other challenges that help us transform health care for the good of our patients and the communities we serve". However, it did achieve for the company its main goal in the negotiations, a phase-out by the end of 2019 of four union-backed health insurance plans that they viewed as too costly to maintain. The incentive was $300 for 2018.

The Pioneer Press is a Forum News Service media partner.

More news

  • Jayalalitha health: Apollo Hospitals makes first veiled admission about nature of illness

    Jayalalitha health: Apollo Hospitals makes first veiled admission about nature of illness

    The petitioner "Traffic" Ramaswamy submitted that the people of Tamil Nadu were eager to know about the health condition of Jayalalithaa.

    Senate passes stopgap budget to avert troop pay freeze

    The divisive Planned Parenthood clause is no longer part of the Zika funding measure in the overall spending bill . Some House Democrats opposed the spending bill, since it doesn't provide immediate help to Flint residents.
    Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado 'Very Worried' of a Trump Presidency

    Former Miss Universe Alicia Machado 'Very Worried' of a Trump Presidency

    As a Latina immigrant belittled by Trump, voters may become sympathetic toward her and less tolerant of his boorish behavior. "These attacks are cheap lies with bad intentions", Machado said. "It's really a bad dream for me".
  • Police killing shakes diverse San Diego suburb

    Alfred Olango is shown being confronted by two police officers before one shoots him dead on Tuesday in a auto park in El Cajon. In addition to the videos, police showed the 4-inch electronic cigarette device Olango had in his hands when he was shot.

    Not one for records, Barrett sets new school mark

    And Urban Meyer's team took advantage of its chance to put Rutgers (2-3, 0-2) away early. "It was an very bad pass", Barrett said. Only once during his iconic reign, from 1951 through 1978, did a quarterback throw for double-digit TDs in a season.
    Prepare for Pixel phones as Google confirms October 4 event

    Prepare for Pixel phones as Google confirms October 4 event

    More to the point, what Google has now confirmed is that an October 4 event is planned and that a new phone will be released. Android Police captured some blurry images of two devices that match the rumor mill: 5-inch and 5.5-inch phones made by HTC.
  • UK Government's Plan for Brexit Procedure Remains Unclear

    UK Government's Plan for Brexit Procedure Remains Unclear

    One source said that controlling migration would be a top priority, while the government also seeks to stay in the single market. Brexit does indeed "involve asking ourselves what kind of country we want to be"- as the Prime Minister said.

    Liverpool tipped to win Premier League title by Manchester United legend

    In the Premier League we play so-so, and Champions League we've been good so far, but I want consistency. Liverpool's redeveloped main stand has increased Anfield's capacity to 54,074.

    Blue Jays beat Orioles 5-1 in AL wild-card showdown

    Travis, 25, is batting.299 with a.331 on-base percentage, a.447 slugging percentage, 10 homers and 49 RBIs in 97 games. The Tigers had a 12-0 win over the AL Central-champion Cleveland Indians, who played with a lineup full of backups.
  • Duke star freshman to miss six weeks

    Duke star freshman to miss six weeks

    But Giles tweaked his left knee in practice and it was determined the Monday morning procedure by team physician Claude T. The Blue Devils will host Countdown to Craziness Oct. 22 before opening the regular season against Marist Nov. 11.

    Angel Pagan tackles Dodger fan

    The next time you want to send a message to a player, maybe try a tweet (throw in a flower emoji or two if you feel so inclined). The man entered the field during the fourth inning and first approached catcher Buster Posey, who shoved him to the ground.
    Trump shames former-beauty pageant victor  — Twitter storm

    Trump shames former-beauty pageant victor — Twitter storm

    Lucie, Florida. "She's nasty, but I can be nastier than she ever can be", Trump told the Times in an interview posted late Friday. Mr Trump has refused to back away from an issue that threatens to damage his already weak standing among women and Hispanics.