LOCAL 9460 ~ the Northland's health care workers union


Recent News

To help prepare for the upcoming contract negotiations between Essentia's Midwest Medical Equipment & Suplly and the union, surveys have been sent out to all of the workers asking for what issues are most important to you and that you want the union negotiating committee to fight for.  We will be holding a meeting where you can drop off your surveys, ask any questions you may have and share what priorities you think we should have.  That meeting will be at 5:30pm on January 19 at the union office (2002 London Road in Duluth, Room 202).  All union members at Midwest Medical and welcome and encouraged to attend. 

The Support Staff at the Lake Superior Community Health Center have voted down the tentative agreement that had been reached between the company and the union's negotiating committee.  The negotiating committee will be going back to the table.

Before that though we're going to be holding a Town Hall meeting for all Support Staff workers to  attend and share what changes and improvements they'd like the committee to fight for.  The Town Hall will be on Wednesday, Jan. 12 at 5:30pm.  It'll be held in Room 202 of the Duluth Labor Temple (2002 London Road).  Please attend if you can!

We are still in continuous talks with both St. Luke’s and Essentia Health.  There are going to be more discussions to come.  To date, neither employer has agreed to rescind their vaccine mandation or delay the deadlines, but they are both offering medical and religious exemptions, that from what we’ve seen, appear to be following the EEOC guidelines.  We plan to continue discussions about what constitutes an exemption, requirements for remote workers and of course, the upcoming federal government mandation guidelines that will be published by the CDC. 

ESSENTIA & ST. LUKE'S: If you have filed a religious exemption to the vaccine mandate of either Essentia Health or St. Luke's, and it has been denied, we ask that you reach out to the union to discuss your appeals options. You can reach us at [email protected], or by sending us a direct message here on facebook.

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