LOCAL 9460 ~ the Northland's health care workers union


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!

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

We are excited to announce that our union local has just launched a new college scholarship!  Following research by our Scholarship Committee, we voted at our Feburary membership meeting to launche a new scholarship for the children of our members who will be attending technical or four year college programs for the 2019-20 school year.  Below is an application that you can print off to find more details, and to fill out and mail in.  You can send filled out applications to United Steelworkers Local 9460, 2002 London Road Suite 202, Duluth MN 55812. 

There have been some changes to our union's Executive Board these past few months.  Following the resignation of Stacy Spexet as president in December, Adam Ritscher moved into that role.  Then at our January Executive Board meeting, we elected Deanna Hughes as our new Vice President.  Deanna will be joining Adam as a full time staffer in the union's office.  Deanna is a long time activist with the union who has served as a steward and as President of the Hayward Unit for many years. 

Contract negotiations for the Midwest Medical unit of the union are underway.  Support your Negotiations Committee and stay tuned for updates!

Join the Activism Committee!  We're spreading solidaity around the community and could use your help.  We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5pm at the union office.