Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Allina Health Twin Cities workers score $15 minimum wage

Author:

Thousands of Twin Cities hospital workers have secured a significant pay raise, as Minneapolis-based Allina Health is setting a minimum wage of $15 an hour.

The Minnesota Service Employees International Union (SEIU) has announced a new three-year contract between the workers it represents and the healthcare giant, which operates eight hospitals in the metro region.

The deal also includes a number of additional benefits and protections for Allina's 3,000 metro-area workers.

SEIU called the new minimum wage a "landmark increase," as it comes at a time when workers across the country are staging protests seeking better pay and benefits.

Just last month, hundreds of union members held demonstrations outside Allina hospitals in opposition of job cuts and working conditions, the Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal reports.

Service worker pay is also a top-line issue amongst Minnesota lawmakers.

In March, Governor Mark Dayton urged the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport to adjust its workers' pay to at least $10 an hour.

"The airline industry can afford it," the governor said.

This followed a recent bump in the state minimum wage – lawmakers passed a bill last year raising it to $8 per hour. It will reach $9.50 next year, one of the highest in the nation.

What's next for Allina employees?

Aside from the $15 minimum wage, workers have a host of new benefits coming their way

According to SEIU's release, union members can expect "employment security protections," as well as additional health and safety protections.

The deal also provides a "wage increase in every year of the contract for all members."

Allina will also increase its contributions toward pension plans, and the company's tuition reimbursement program will also see a boost – 25 percent, according to SEIU's announcement.

Allina operates more than 90 medical clinics and 13 hospitals in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, the company's website says.

Next Up

Dalvin Cook

Report: Dalvin Cook has dislocated shoulder, will undergo MRI

The Vikings running back was carted off the field in Sunday's loss to the 49ers.

Kirk Cousins

Watch: Kirk Cousins lines up under guard on critical 4th down play

Kirk Cousins went "Full Kirk" at the worst possible time.

Dalvin Cook

Dalvin Cook injured, Vikings drop crucial game against 49ers

The Vikings couldn't stop the Niners' rushing attack in a 34-26 loss.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man airlifted to a hospital after police shooting in Forest Lake

Police allege that the man presented a threat to officers.

Minnesota Wild

Wild's two third-period goals take down the Lightning

Ryan Hartman's go-ahead goal defeated the two-time defending champions.

Byron Buxton

Reports: Twins reach extension with Byron Buxton

The long-term deal locks in one of the Twins' franchise players.

Justin Jefferson

Vikings-49ers: 5 things you can count on

Sunday's matchup is a pivotal game in the NFC playoff picture.

Gopher Football

Watch: Gophers troll Badgers with 'Jump Around' after Saturday's win

First they took Paul Bunyan's Axe. Then they took their tradition.

Brandon Richart, missing person

Search underway for missing man in Anoka area

Brandon Richart was last seen Nov. 17.

U.S. Bank Stadium

5 teams win first state championships at Prep Bowl

A pair of records fell as the Prep Bowl lived up to the hype.

Related