Published on July 30, 2020

Essentia Health-Virginia notified of MNA nurses’ intent to hold informational picket

The Minnesota Nurses Association has informed Essentia Health-Virginia of its intent to conduct an informational picket from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 3.

The informational picket will occur just outside the hospital. Please note, however, that this is not a strike. Essentia Health-Virginia is open as usual and ready to provide the high-quality and compassionate care our patients have come to expect from us. Measures are in place to ensure that our patients, their families, hospital staff and others will have access to our facilities during the picketing.

Essentia Health-Virginia and MNA nurses are negotiating a labor agreement after their previous contract expired last August. Seven negotiating sessions have taken place since December and another one is scheduled for today. Essentia will continue to negotiate in good faith and we look forward to reaching a mutually beneficial agreement.

These nurses are valued members of our care teams and we respect their right to conduct informational picketing as part of a labor union.

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