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Allina workers threaten strike after late-night bargaining session breaks down

The union's bargaining team says the sides remain "deeply divided."

Essential workers with the SEIU Healthcare Minnesota union remain “deeply divided” with their employer, Allina Health, after contract negotiations went late into the night Monday.

According to a statement from SEIU, the 4,000 essential healthcare workers represented by the union have yet to reach an agreement with Allina. Negotiations lasted until 2 a.m. Tuesday. This was during the 11th bargaining session between the two parties.

The bargaining team has filed notice for a strike starting on May 10 if an agreement is not reached.

Allina is proposing a 0% pay increase, according to the union. Negotiations also center around workplace safety and safe staffing.

“The fair pay and safe staffing proposals we are fighting for would be good for not just the 4,000 members, but for the people we spend every day caring for by ensuring we keep world-class staff," said Gene Sparks, an EMT at St. Francis Medical Center in Shakopee and bargaining team member.

"You can’t get much more essential than healthcare workers, yet here we are fighting to reach a fair deal and only days away from a ULP [Unfair Labor Practice] strike.”

More details on the strike, including where picket lines will be, will be released in coming days, SEIU says.

The union represents healthcare workers throughout the Allina Health system at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Buffalo Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Unity Hospital, Owatonna Hospital, Phillips Eye Institute, St. Francis Regional Medical Center and United Hospital.

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