LOCAL 9460 ~ the Northland's health care workers union


The Minnesota Nurses Association is currently engaged in contract negotiations with both Essentia Health and St. Luke’s.  Their negotiations have been tough, so they decided to hold an informational picket on August 20 to both put pressure on Esssentia and St. Luke’s, and to inform the public about their struggle.  Our union, United Steelworkers Local 9460, was proud to walk the picket line in solidarity with the MNA, and continue to support them in their contract negotiations. 

Below are some pictures from the informational picket held in front of Essentia Health in Duluth:

Officers in our union are elected every three years.  But from time to time, elected officials leave their office early, be it because of retirement, taking a job somewhere else or any of the myraid of things that sometimes come up in our lives.  When that happens, the union's Executive Board generally appoints someone to fill the remainder of the term for the vacated office.

Currently we have a couple of positions that are vacant, and that we are looking for applicants to apply for.  At the next meeting of our Executive Board IAugust 20) we are looking to vote on filling three vacant positions: Trustee, Unit President for the Essentia Health Ely Clinic, and Unit President for Lakeshore Ecumen. 

Recent News

Essentia Health is looking to combine the check in and check out roles in the Duluth Clinic buildings.  They have already made this change to the Dermatology Department, and they plan to roll it out in phases to the rest of the Clinic departments in the months to come.  The union has been in discussion with the company, and is calling this meeting to pass on what we know, to try and answer whatever questions we can, and to hear any concerns that you want passed on to the company.

THURSDAY, MARCH 28 @ 5:30pm at the Local 9460 office: 2002 London Road, Room 202 – Duluth, MN

Essentia Health is looking to move most (though not all) of the HUCs from an 8 hour to a 12 schedule.  The union requested to bargain over the proposed changes in working conditions.  Please attend this meeting to hear an update on how the negotiations have gone, to ask any questions, and to pass on any concerns that you may have.  We will be holding four meetings on March 29 to maximize everyone’s opportunity to attend.

FRIDAY, MARCH 29, at 6 to 8am,  1 to 2pm,  3:30 to 430pm and  7:30 to 8:30pm at the Local 9460 union office: 2002 London Road, Room 202 – Duluth, MN

In March our union had planned to tour a representative of the Steelworkers Pension Trust around the region, but as some-times happens in the Northland, inclement weather caused the tour to be cancelled. We are happy to announce though that we have been able to reschedule the tour for this July.

Below is a list of dates and meeting locations that the representative of the Pension will be at. These are all set up to be informal meetings where you can come and pose any question that you have about your pension. All current members of our union, former members and retirees are welcome and encouraged to attend. Help us spread the word!

Congratulations to our three scholarship winners - Matthew Rukavina, Morgan Karasek and Rhianna Lees!  Matthew won our tech school scholarshhip, and Morgan and Rhianna won our two 4 year college scholarships.  All winners will be getting a packet in the mail with all the information they'll need going forward.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the first of what will be an annual college scholarship program sponsored by our union local!

Long time Red Book Unit President Steve Maida is stepping down.  We wish him the best, and thank him for all of his years of service.  At the November 19 meeting of the Local 9460 Executive Board we will be appointing some to fill the role of Unit President until the next regularly scheduled election.  If you would like to throw your hat in the ring, contact our office.


Congratulations to all of our Regional Clinic units (Ashland, Hayward, Spooner, Hibbing and Ely) for ratifying their new contracts with Essentia Health!  Thank you to everyone who came out and voted, as well as to those who served on the Negotiating Committee.