NOTE: This event page is set up by United Steelworkers Local 9460 to mobilize our members and friends to the MNA’s Aug. 20 informational picket. To get in touch with the MNA directly, go to: https://mnnurses.org/
The Minnesota Nurses Association is currently engaged in contract negotiations with both Essentia Health and St. Luke’s. Their negotiations have been tough, so they have decided to hold an informational picket on August 20 to both put pressure on Esssentia and St. Luke’s, but also to inform the public about their struggle. Our union, United Steelworkers Local 9460, is supporting the MNA and has notified both Essentia and St. Luke’s that we will be participating in and supporting the Aug. 20 informational picket.
Keep in mind an informational picket is not a strike. No workplaces are being shut down as part of this action. Rather, it is a peaceful assembly of workers on public sidewalks holding signs and handing out literature to the public. You likely will be disciplined if you skip work to attend this. However, we are urging our members to join these pickets when they are off the clock.
If you have any Steelworker garb or buttons that you can wear, or if you want to make a sign saying “USW Local 9460 Supports the MNA”, please do so. We want to show our support to MNA because our union believes in solidarity and working people supporting one another. But we also want to show Essentia Health and St. Luke’s that the labor movement is united in demanding fair and just contracts. We all deserve better than what we are currently getting, and together, we will all do better!
The August 20 MNA informational pickets will run from noon until 6pm. There will be two of them going on at the same time. One will be in front of Essentia Health, at 407 E. 3rd Street, and the other will be in front of St. Luke’s on East 1st Street in between 9th Ave. and 11th Ave. Spread the word. You don’t have to be a union member to participate. We hope to see you there on the picket line!