Nurses allege lockout, file charges against hospitals


The Minnesota Nurses Association, alleging four hospitals illegally locked out nurses after their one-day strike, filed unfair labor practice charges Friday with the National Labor Relations Board. View video 

Some 12,000 Twin Cities nurses conducted a 24-hour walkout Thursday at 14 hospitals owned by six hospital systems. The union alleges that four of the hospitals refused to allow nurses to work Friday, in violation of the union contract.

The union filed charges against:

  • Abbott Northwestern -locked out at least 60 RNs

  • Children’s Minneapolis -locked out at least 12 RNs

  • Children’s St. Paul -locked out at least 20 RNs

  • United Hospital -locked out at least 30 RNs

“Several Twin Cities Hospitals illegally locked out Twin Cities RNs today by not following language in the labor contract regarding how Twin Cities nurses are supposed to be called (or not called) back to work,” the MNA said Friday. “Some hospitals also did not follow the contract language dictating that nurses are supposed to be called back by seniority.”

Nurses called the walkout to put pressure on employers to implement nurse-patient ratios they say are needed to provide safe staffing and quality patient care. A federal mediator has been called in, both no bargaining sessions are scheduled between the union and hospitals.