Union health care workers voted "overwhelmingly" to ratify the tentative agreement struck between its bargaining team and Allina Health two weeks ago.
SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, which represents 4,000 health care workers at Allina Health facilities, announced the results Monday, saying members voted on the agreement over several days last week. The bargaining team and Allina Health agreed to the terms on May 5, just five days before an announced strike was set to begin.
"We fought hard to win a contract that respects, protects and pays the workers who provide the best patient care in the world," said licensed practical nurse Lynn Carlson, who is a member of the bargaining team and serves as Allina sector vice president.
Said Allina Health in a statement to Bring Me The News: "Allina Health is pleased that SEIU Healthcare Minnesota’s members have voted to ratify the current contract. We believe the contract is fair and recognizes the priorities of both parties. Allina Health remains committed to being both an employer of choice and to our caring mission of serving our patients and communities."
The union touted some "key gains," including:
- 5% pay increase over three years, with 3% in the first year, including back pay
- Pay hikes for non-metro healthcare workers
- A 9% pension increase
- Workplace safety improvements
- Recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday
SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members include 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.