Workers force hospitals back into bargaining


Nine Twin Cities hospitals will return to the bargaining table June 2 to resume contract talks for 3,500 workers in SEIU Local 113.

The workers have been without a contract since March 10, when the hospitals broke off talks after giving what they called their “final, best, last offer.” Members refused to vote on the proposal and, instead, launched a two-month community and workplace campaign highlighting the hospitals’ refusal to provide affordable health insurance for health-care workers.

Also hanging over the hospitals are unfair labor practice charges pending at the National Labor Relations Board.

The talks affect nursing assistants, dietary workers, housekeeping staff and others at HealthEast St. John’s in Maplewood, HealthEast Bethesda Rehabilitation Hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Children’s Hospitals in St. Paul and Minneapolis, Fairview University Medical Center Riverside in Minneapolis, Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, and Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park.

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