Members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee and Abbott Northwestern voted to authorize a Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike after months of bargaining and employer refusing workers’ health and safety demands during COVID-19 pandemic
MINNEAPOLIS & SHAKOPEE — Over 200 healthcare workers employed by Allina Health have voted over the last two weeks to authorize a two-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike after months of contract negotiations. Over 90% of the members voting supported the ULP strike. Their union, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, filed a 10-day notice Thursday for a two-day strike that would start at 6 a.m. on September 14th and last until 6 a.m. on September 16th at two facilities, St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee and Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis.
“We work closely with patients during hard times in their lives. We are there when their family can’t be, and we work hard every day to help people get healthy. I had to quarantine for possible COVID exposure, and now management has said I would need to use my sick time if I’m exposed again at work. Our work has become even more challenging during COVID, yet here we are fighting for safe working conditions and fair pay and benefits. We deserve better,” said Grack. “All frontline healthcare workers should get the pay and protections we need to keep ourselves and our patients safe. We haven’t gotten COVID pay despite the many challenges we’ve faced, and even before COVID we weren’t getting what we deserved. We’re willing to strike because the work we do is important and Allina needs to show they value their workers and patients.”
The two groups represent over 200 workers at the two facilities. Jobs done by the striking SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members at St. Francis include Medical Lab Technicians, Polysomnographer Technicians (sleep lab), Surgical Techs, Respiratory Therapists, Diagnostics Techs including: special imaging techs, diagnostic imaging techs, cardiac sonographers (ultrasound), nuclear med technologists. Striking SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members at Abbott Northwestern Hospital work as Radiology Technologists in numerous specialty areas.
SEIU Healthcare Minnesota represents over 40,000 healthcare and long term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home care across Minnesota