Essentia nurses in Virginia OK contractNurses at Essentia Health-Virginia “overwhelmingly” approved a contract on Tuesday that will give them an 8.25 percent raise over three years.
By: News Tribune staff, Duluth News Tribune
Nurses at Essentia Health-Virginia “overwhelmingly” approved a contract on Tuesday that will give them an 8.25 percent raise over three years.
Glenn Anderson, a registered nurse who is co-chairman of the bargaining unit, reported an “excellent turnout in a massive snowstorm” to approve the contract. The Minnesota Nurses Association, which represents 120 nurses at the hospital, announced the agreement Friday in a news release.
The contract also includes improved health benefits and spells out “language that sets standards for enough nurses to be on duty to take care of patients and their conditions,” the news release said.
Duluth-based Essentia Health had announced a tentative contract agreement on Nov. 21.
“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 spokeswoman Kim Kaiser said. “We greatly appreciate the quality care our nurses provide at
The nurses had been working under a 2011 contract that expired on July 31.
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 January.