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Marathon bargaining session results in contract between Children's, nurses

Five other Twin Cities hospitals still talking with nurses union

June 15, 2019 - 10:15 am

There will be no nurses strike at Children's Hospital in the Twin Cities.

The nurses union and hospital reached agreement on a new three-year contract early Saturday morning after a marathon, round-the-clock negotiating session.  

Union officials say they are recommending the rank-and-file vote to accept the settlement, which comes two days after the nurses at Children's authorized a strike.

"We were hopeful that would be kind of the key that fixes it all," said Elaina Hane, who was in on most of the talks starting Friday morning. "I guess, yeah, I'm a little surprised." 

She said the two sides met for most of the day on the health care coverage issue, and didn't start talking about raises until late Friday night.

The two sides compromised on both issues, which were considered major stumbling blocks in earlier talks.

The raises reportedly are 3%, 3%, and 2.25% for the three years of the deal.

Hane said hospital negotiators presented what they said was their final offer around 3:30 a.m. Saturday.

"I feel like we did the best we could do," Hane said. "It feels really good."

In a statement, the union said members are happy the hospital recognizes that insurance costs are important in attracting and retaining nurses.  

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The union had authorized a strike at Children's earlier in the week before the 21-hour bargaining session that started Friday morning.

That strike authorization was officially withdrawn on Saturday, and a vote on the compromise is on Thursday.

Contract talks continue for nurses at five other Twin Cities hospitals: Allina Health, Fairview Health, HealthEast, Methodist Hospital, and North Memorial Medical Center.

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