Regina Hospital

Regina Hospital is located at 1175 Nininger Road, Hastings, Minnesota.

The bargaining team for Allina Health healthcare workers at Regina Hospital in Hastings have filed a 10-day notice today announcing that they will hold a five-day Unfair Labor Practice s trike starting Monday, July 19, if no deal can be reached. 

The group voted with an overwhelming majority in late June to authorize an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike if the two sides cannot reach a deal. The two sides will hold their sixth bargaining session on Tuesday, July 13, the only currently scheduled date before the strike would begin.

The bargaining unit includes around 100 SEIU Members who work jobs like Dietary Aide, Cook, EVS Aide, Janitor, Linen Aide, Patient Care Tech, Physical Therapy Aide, Surgical Support Tech and more, all of whom have been on the front lines during COVID-19.

Donna Lindahl, a janitor and member of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota who has worked at the hospital since 1992, shared why she is willing to strike if needed:
 
"We work so hard to make sure our hospital is clean and safe for our patients, but because of the current working conditions, we've only had two or three people doing the work usually done by five, which means we're always scrambling. It's hard being short staffed, which is why we're willing to strike if needed to make sure we can win the wages and benefits we need to make sure we can care for our community," said Lindahl. "We feel like we haven't gotten recognition for the work we've done during and before COVID. We never got to take time off or work from home. We've been here taking care of patients and cleaning up throughout COVID. We didn't get to sit at home. We didn't get bonuses. The people at the top are getting richer and richer, while those of us who worked throughout COVID aren't getting recognized. We're ready to strike if we don't get a fair contract because we want what is best for essential healthcare workers, our patients and our whole community."

According to the union the main issues that the bargaining team are pushing for include:

  • Fair wages. Workers are fighting for the same wage rates as SEIU Members who work at Buffalo Hospital to ensure the hospital can have the best staff possible for patients.
  • Safe staffing levels to protect patients and workers. 
  • Lower-cost health insurance so essential healthcare workers are able to be healthy to ensure they can provide the care and service.

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