Virginia nurses, Essentia reach tentative agreementNurses in Virginia and Essentia Health have reached a tentative contract agreement, Essentia announced on Thursday.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
Nurses in Virginia and Essentia Health have reached a tentative contract agreement, Essentia announced on Thursday.
“We were able to find common ground on issues such as health insurance and wages, and we came to an agreement that’s beneficial for both parties,” Essentia Health said in a statement.
The agreement still must be ratified by members of the Minnesota Nurses Association, who work at Essentia Health-Virginia. MNA representatives in Virginia did not immediately respond to calls for comment.
The nurses had been working under a 2011 contract that expired on July 31. Talks with management began on Aug. 9, Denise Armstrong, co-chairwoman of the nurses’ negotiating committee, said last month.
Duluth-based Essentia Health and the nurses have been operating under the contract that began when the hospital was Virginia Regional Medical Center, owned by the city of Virginia. Essentia has been operating the hospital since late last year.