Members of International Union Healthcare Minnesota are set to vote Monday and Tuesday on whether to authorize a strike at five Minnesota hospitals due to an unfair labor practice grievance.
The 3,500 member union, should it strike, would affect staffing at Fairview, Children's, Health East, North Memorial and Park Nicollet hospitals for up to five days.
As nonprofit hospitals and their CEOs reap proportionately massive salaries, Twin Cities hospital workers in the union feel the wealth is not being properly dispersed.
SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members and leaders will speak at a press conference at Fairview Southdale Monday at 6:45 a.m.
The union's health care workers and hospital management aren't seeing eye-to-eye on a new contract settlement "after the hospitals have continued to propose changes that would radically alter how hospital workers are able to earn an income to secure financial stability for their families," said a Sunday press release from the SEIU Minnesota State Council.
In the opinion of union spokespeople, the proposed changes would put undue stress on it's lowest paid employees and their families who depend on these jobs even as they work at or near the poverty level.
The affected workers include nursing assistants, emergency room technicians, maintenance and food service personnel, clerks, warehouse staff and others at metro hospitals, nursing homes, schools, childcare, and public and private facilities.