Some 3,800 registered nurses began picketing at 7 a.m. Monday at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Abbott Northwestern and Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, Unity Hospital in Fridley and United Hospital in St. Paul.
The union representing 700 food service workers at the Mayo Clinic has offered a second proposal to address the company’s plan to contract out its food service operations. It also called on the health care giant to publicly disclose details of its plan.
Standing with leaders of unions representing workers across Minnesota, members of the Minnesota Nurses Association Friday announced they have delivered notice to Allina Health of their intent to begin an open-ended strike on Labor Day at five Twin Cities facilities.
Earlier this month, Mayo Clinic basked in the news it was ranked No. 1 on the “Best Hospitals Honor Roll.” But Wednesday, the health care giant garnered publicity of a different sort as protestors, including state legislators, raised questions about its plan to contract out food service operations.