HealthPartners, SEIU reach agreement

Pact comes at 3 a.m. Tuesday, a day before scheduled strike

WCCO Radio Newsroom
February 17, 2020 - 4:58 pm
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A new contract has been reached for 1,800 Twin Cities healthcare workers employed by HealthPartners, with union negotiators recommending ratification.

The workers were set to strike Wednesday morning if an agreement was not reached. 

The tentative deal involves 80 different jobs across HealthPartners including physicians assistants, dental hygienists, lab techs, and more at 30 HealthPartners clinics in the Twin Cities.

"Together, as a team, we worked long and hard to stand up for the health benefits and wages our families deserve. After months of negotiations, and an overwhelming strike vote, we were able to land on a strong tentative agreement for a new contract that maintains excellent healthcare benefits,” said Nancy Wickoren, a 31-year LPN at HealthPartners and a member of the SEIU Healthcare Minnesota's negotiating team.

Wickoren said the union didn't get everything they wanted, but the bargaining team is encouraging members to approve the agreement.

"They will have the next few days to review the terms of the tentative agreement in detail,” she said. 

Among the details, according to union leaders:

  • Wage increases of 7.5 percent over three years.
  • Protecting health care benefits
  • Protection of overtime pay provisions from all cuts and changes

The planned strike is called off, and the 1,800 union members will vote on the tentative agreement next week.

Union members have a town hall meeting planned Tuesday night at Awaken West Seventh Church at 506 View Street in St. Paul.

 

 

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