Nurses at Duluth's St. Luke’s hospital approve contractNurses at St. Luke’s hospital have approved a three-year contract with the hospital.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
Nurses at St. Luke’s hospital have approved a three-year contract with the hospital.
The contract, which takes effect July 1, will raise wages by 4.5 percent, the Minnesota Nurses Association said in a news release. Voting took place on Wednesday.
Rick Fuentes, a spokesman for the union, declined to release vote totals.
The union represents 462 registered nurses at St. Luke’s.
The two sides reached a tentative agreement April 9 after one day of bargaining between hospital management and union representatives.
That was a marked change from 2010, when an agreement wasn’t reached until two months after the contract ended and the union threatened a one-day strike.
This time, both parties agreed ahead of time to discuss wages only and leave the rest of the contract intact, the union’s news release said.
In a statement, registered nurse Cindy Prout, a member of the bargaining team, said she was happy with the outcome.
“We still have many day-to-day activities to work on, such as staffing and scheduling, practicing issues to keep our patients safe,” Prout said.
Sue Hamel, St. Luke’s chief nursing officer, said in a statement that the agreement was reached as a result of hard work by both sides.
Essentia Health nurses are expected to begin negotiating later this spring. Their contract also expires on June 30.