Allina Health 10.4.22 statement on SEIU-represented senior mental health coordinators work stoppage

Our preference is always to reach agreement through negotiations. We have bargained in good faith over 19 sessions with SEIU this year reaching agreement on several non-economic issues. Our goal remains to reach a contract agreement that recognizes the valued work of our senior mental health coordinators, while also honoring our commitment to our other employees, patients, and communities at a time of significant financial pressures.

Allina Health last met with SEIU on Sept. 27. At that time, the union showed little interest in engaging in meaningful bargaining that would create momentum towards an agreement nor did they ask Allina Health for additional negotiating sessions leading up to the current strike. The union did not change its previous proposal that would immediately increase wages on average by over 20% for employees, while also seeking additional annual increases totaling 15% over the three years of the contract. These increases in addition to other proposed economic benefits are unrealistic and unsustainable.

We have bargaining sessions scheduled with the union throughout October. We look forward to continuing to work toward an agreement that is fair and recognizes the priorities of both parties.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 10 hospitals / 13 campuses, 15 retail pharmacies, and many specialty care centers and specialty medical services, home care, and emergency medical transportation services.