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Essentia Miller Hill Surgery Center nurses, Essentia Solvay Hospice House nurses and staff vote to unionize with MNA

“We felt we weren’t being listened to. So we organized so that we could have our voices heard.” -- JeanAnn Norton, LPN at Essentia Solvay Hospice House

Essentia Health in Downtown Duluth. Howie / HowieHanson.com

Registered nurses at Essentia Miller Hill Surgery Center and nurses and other healthcare workers at Essentia Solvay Hospice House announced today that they voted overwhelmingly to form unions represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association to gain a collective voice in their workplaces and improve working conditions and patient care.

At Essentia Solvay Hospice House, workers across the board, including RNs, Licensed Practical Nurses, Nursing Assistants, Administrative Assistants, Environmental Services workers and Cooks, voted in a National Labor Relations Board election on Wednesday, May 29 to unionize with MNA.

“We organized because we wanted a voice so we can advocate for our patients and ourselves,” said Andrew Dennis, RN at Essentia Solvay Hospice House.

“We felt we weren’t being listened to,” said JeanAnn Norton, LPN at Essentia Solvay Hospice House. “So we organized so that we could have our voices heard.”

RNs at Essentia Miller Hill Surgery Center voted in an NLRB election on Thursday, May 30 to unionize with MNA because of the same concerns with working conditions, scheduling, and patient care conditions.

“Joining MNA brings security, fairness, and guidelines of a mutually respected future,” said Trina Storck, RN at Essentia Miller Hill Surgery Center.

Workers at each facility filed for election last month. These workers join those at Essentia Health Duluth 1st Street Clinic and 2nd Street Clinic who voted to join MNA earlier this year. The Essentia East Market Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) have also filed for a union election with the NLRB to unionize with MNA. They are working to get to a vote despite continued resistance and roadblocks from Essentia executives.

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