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DEAL REACHED: Nurses, St. Luke’s announce contract agreement

DULUTH, MN – After 17 hours at the table, the Minnesota Nurses Association and St. Luke’s reached a tentative contract agreement during the early morning hours Saturday, according to the organization.

The tentative agreement calls for wage increases, short staffing bonuses and includes workplace violence measures.

Wage increases for nurses will be 3%, 3.8%, and 2.25% over three years.

“We have spent another long day at the negotiation table. I am pleased to announce that we have come to a tentative agreement that we can recommend to our nursing group,” Pete Boyechko, a St. Luke’s nurse and member of the negotiating team, wrote in a Facebook post.

MNA says it will pull the one-day strike set for October 3.

Nurses had been negotiating with St. Luke’s management since May 15. Their contract expired on June 30.

MNA nurses will vote to ratify the agreement on September 25.

Kevin Jacobsen

News Director

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