On Thursday, Oct. 13, Allina Health nurses voted yes to the tentative agreement reached earlier this week by Allina Health and their union, the Minnesota Nurses Association. We are pleased that the contract has been ratified and will return nurses to work as quickly as possible.
By noon on Friday, Oct. 14, nurses will be able to log in to the Allina Health Knowledge Network (AKN) to view their schedules in Kronos. For more information about the return to work process that both Allina Health and the union agreed to, visit allinahealth.org/nurses.
Following is a summary of some of the key components of the proposal that nurses voted to accept.
View the agreement
The Choice and Advantage nurse-only plans will continue through Dec. 31, 2018. New hire nurses can enroll in these two plans through May 31, 2018.
The Plus and 250 plans will be discontinued on Dec. 31, 2016.
All nurses with a 0.1 FTE or more will receive a $500 contribution to their flex spending account for 2017. They do not need to be enrolled in an Allina Health plan to receive this bonus. Nurses who enroll in the Allina Health Select or Basic HSA plan will receive this $500
contribution to their HSA.
From 2019 through 2021, nurses who enroll in an Allina Health core plan will receive a non-taxable HRA or HSA contribution as follows:
Contributions will be made to an HRA if enrolled in the Allina First plan or to the HSA if enrolled in one of the HSA plans.
Note: For the HSA plans, these contributions are in addition to other contributions Allina Health would make. Allina Health currently makes a $600 or $1,200 contribution to the Health Savings Accounts of those who enroll in the Select HSA plan.
No changes will be made to the Choice and Advantage plans as long as they are offered.
No changes will be made to the Allina First plan that diminish the overall benefits to nurses through Dec. 31, 2021, unless required to comply with legal or regulatory requirements.
Nurses will be provided a minimum of two hours of face-to-face workplace safety training annually, with at least one trainer being an RN with clinical expertise.
There will be 24/7 security staffing dedicated to the Emergency Departments.
In addition, the union's voice in workplace safety issues has been extended. They will now have the right to nominate nurses to participate on the hospital committees that review and address workplace violence training and incidents.
Meetings will be held no less than six times per year.
Charge Nurse Assignment Task Force
Allina Health agreed to jointly create a Charge Nurse Assignment Task Force, which will:
If the Task Force is unable to reach agreement, a mediator will be called in to aid the group.
The Task Force will be comprised of two MNA-represented nurses/co-chairs and up to three nurses from the unit being reviewed, all selected by MNA, along with up to five management representatives. Meetings will commence no later than January 2017.
As part of this agreement, nurses will transition over time to the same competitive and affordable health plans in which more than 30,000 of our employees and their family members participate.
Our most popular core plan, the Allina First plan, features an affordable $300 deductible and lower premiums than our nurses currently pay for their 20-year-old nurse-only plans. This plan not only features a network of more than 2 million providers
nationwide (including Allina Health competitors), participants are protected by a $3,500 out-of-pocket maximum. Last year, less than 5 percent of participants reached that out-of-pocket maximum because the coverage is so comprehensive.
View details about the plans' coverage.
Allina Health values the contributions its nurses make to exceptional patient care, and our benefits package reflects that. A full-time nurse at Allina Health earns an average annual salary of $87,298 (average of $42/hour), not including overtime and premium pay.
Plus, nurses who work 16-hours per week receive full health benefits. We also provide a defined pension benefit, an average of 40.8 days of vacation/sick/holidays per year and retirees can continue coverage on our benefit plans until age 65.
The agreement provides a two percent wage increase each year from 2016 to 2019, in addition to step wage increases and generous longevity bonuses that are already part of the contracts. All of these benefits make nurses at Allina Health among the highest compensated in the United States.