Registered nurses at CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck have voted to join the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA).
The decision to unionize was announced today after two days of voting.
“St. Alexius nurses want to provide top quality care to all our patients by having a voice in our workplace," said Margo Maxon, an RN at the hospital. “Nurses believe coming together and speaking with one voice is the best way to advocate for our patients.”
“MNA members welcome St. Alexius nurses to our union family,” said MNA President Mary C. Turner. “We are excited to assist them as they take their seat at the table and have a say in their workplace."
The CHI St. Alexius Nurses will now begin the process of organizing their new union by electing officers and initiating negotiations for a first contract.
The Minnesota Nurses Association represents 22,000 nurses in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa; and now North Dakota.
CHI St. Alexius released the following statement in response to the news:
“This week, CHI St. Alexius Health nurses voted to be exclusively represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association. While we would have preferred a different outcome that allowed us to maintain our direct working relationship with our nurses, CHI St. Alexius Health remains dedicated to our mission as a healing ministry. We will continue to provide exceptional care to the patients and communities we serve.”