To the Editor:
The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) the union that represents 79 registered nurses at Avera Marshall and we may disagree about some things; but we do agree on two very important things. First, that our nurses are an essential and valued part of the team of medical professionals who provide our patients and their families with the best possible care. Second, that our nurses deserve a fair and respectful contract that reflects the value of their contribution to our mission of service to our community.
Our nurses already receive a compensation package that according to the 2012 Healthcare Human Resources Association of Minnesota's Healthcare Wage & Salary Survey is substantially better than prevailing rates in our area for most of the RNs. Our proposal on the table to the MNA reflects the economic realities of the situation.
Our two sides have met numerous times over the last several months and made substantial progress toward a new contract. We are scheduled to meet again next week and we remain hopeful that a new contract is within reach.