Both sides agree they need to return to the bargaining table after union nurses rejected Allina Health’s latest contract offer. Minnesota Nurses Association spokesman Rick Fuentes says staffing remains a barrier to reaching a deal.
He says “the nurses proposed this charge nurse staffing change and what Allina responded with was “well, we’ll have a committee look at it at various places and then we’ll come up with a solution, which nurses didn’t feel was enough considering how long they’ve been telling Allina that we need to do something about staffing.”
Fuentes says health benefits also remain a sticking point. Allina says it’s latest offer was fair. The nurses have been on strike since Labor Day.