Today was our 10th session. We spent the day discussing the creation of straight shifts, non-contract nurses’ ability to provide additional support for hospital nurses, floating, pandemic preparedness, sick time and educational development.

With one scheduled session left, we are concerned about the amount of work that needs to be done to reach an agreement. We are committed to reaching a fair and equitable contract. However, the financial impact of MNA’s requests would be in excess of $20 Million annually. This is not financially viable for St. Luke’s future.

We feel the wage increase proposal we have on the table is fair and reasonable. We are offering an increase of 8.25% over 3 years. This is well above the 4.5% increase over two years that Duluth teachers recently agreed to, and in line with the 8% raise over three years recently agreed to with City of Duluth employees.

We are willing to consider some of the other economic requests, as well as adjustments to across-the-board increases, but the current MNA proposals are unrealistic.

We continue to be committed to constructive talks, solution-seeking and transparency.

Our next session is scheduled for Thursday, July 28.