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Picketing underway for 3-day nurse strike across Twin Cities, Twin Ports

About 15,000 Minnesota nurses are estimated to have walked off the job at 16 hospitals across the state Monday morning, but healthcare providers say they’re committed to staying open.

The 3-day strike began at 7 a.m. Monday, but nurses arrived well before the start time. Currently, the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) says the strike will last from 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

A negotiation update between the union and hospital groups is expected to be provided by union leaders at 12 p.m. Monday.

Nurses picket outside of Twin Cities hospitals the morning of Sept. 12, 2022. Credit: Eric Chaloux/KSTP

Negotiations between seven major healthcare providers and the MNA have been going on for five months, and after negotiations over the past weekend did not result in a deal, the picket lines were set up.

The strike affects the following healthcare systems and hospitals:

  • M Health Fairview: Riverside, Southdale, St. Joseph’s, St. John’s
  • Essentia Health: St. Mary’s Duluth and St. Mary’s Superior
  • HealthPartners: Methodist
  • Allina Health: Abbott Northwestern, Mercy, United and Unity
  • Children’s Hospitals: Children’s Minneapolis and Children’s St. Paul
  • North Memorial: North Memorial
  • St. Luke’s: St. Luke’s

For anyone wondering what the impact could be for patients who need to visit one of those hospitals during the strike, the hospital groups say a small number of elective surgeries and appointments which were already set up may need to be re-scheduled. If that’s the case, hospitals are said to be contacting the patients who would be affected.

“We’ve brought in replacement nurses that will work alongside our trained management nurses and our experienced nurses will be there,” said Paul Omodt of Twin Cities Hospitals Group.

Nurses picket outside of Twin Cities hospitals the morning of Sept. 12, 2022. Credit: Eric Chaloux/KSTP

Multiple healthcare providers issued statements on the strike Sunday.

Allina Health issued a statement Sunday, which says in part: “Allina Health has been thoughtfully planning for months. We intentionally have built flexibility into our plans and continuously evaluate our operations.”

Essentia Health also issued a statement, saying: “We want to assure our patients that our hospitals will remain open and accessible during a strike. We have extensive contingency plans in place to deliver the highest standards of care.”

Children’s Minnesota says it’s had plans in place for months, including national recruiting of registered nurses “who are experienced and specially trained in pediatric care.” 

Check back with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS and for further strike-related coverage.

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