A Minnesota hospital was forced to temporarily close its emergency room and urgent care ward after the nurses’ union staged a strike on Sunday, the Daily Caller reports.
The nurses’ strike comes as the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) demands new benefits for its members, including increased holiday pay; the Allina Health hospital in Plymouth, Minnesota has attempted to negotiate with the MNA on seven different occasions since May of 2021.
Allina Health released a statement claiming that it was doing everything it could to negotiate with the MNA, and that “throughout negotiations, we have consistently offered proposals that demonstrate our commitment to our employees, including an immediate wage increase to align wages with other metro hospitals.” The statement went on to cite the additional strain on the medical system caused by the strike, noting that “at a time when hospitals are under significant pressure throughout the state and country due to sustained high volumes from COVID-19 and other acute illness, a work stoppage benefits no one.”
The MNA released their own statement in response, claiming that “compensating nurses fairly for holiday pay is especially critical because understaffing by Allina and other hospital systems has required nurses to work more days and longer hours, including overtime and holidays, as they continue on the front lines of the covid 19 pandemic.”
Allina Health’s emergency room will be closed for the next three days as the hospital attempts to reach some sort of bargain with the union.