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Hospital CEO suspends his pay ’til nursing contract approved

 The Chief Executive Officer of Allina Hospitals and Clinics in Minnesota, Ken Paulus, will work without pay until Allina settles the current contract dispute with its nurses. Twin Cities nurses overwhelmingly voted in favor of a one-day strike after months of failed contract negotiations with 14 Twin Cities hospitals. Allina owns five of the affected hospitals.

Nurses involved in the contract dispute say they’re standing up for patient safety. They’re arguing for nurse-patient ratios and appropriate, reasonable limits to floating. (The hospitals’ proposed contract includes provisions approving cross-campus floating.) Hospital officials insist that changes in the economic landscape require restructuring of the hospitals’ workforce. Upset by that rationale, the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA), which is representing the 12,000 involved nurses, released a brochure listing the 2009 profits and CEO salaries of the involved hospitals.

MNA spokesman John Nemo, though, is unimpressed with the gesture of Allina’s CEO. “It’s a publicity grab,” Nemo told the Star Tribune.

Both sides return to the bargaining table soon.

What do you think of CEO suspending his pay? Is it a publicity grab, or something more?


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Jennifer Fink, RN, BSN

Jennifer is a professional freelance writer with over eight years experience as a hospital nurse. She has clinical experience in adult health, including med-surg, geriatrics and transplant; she also has a particular interest in women’s health and cancer care. Jennifer has written a variety of health and parenting articles for national publications.

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2 Responses to Hospital CEO suspends his pay ’til nursing contract approved

  1. Richard

    Publicity stunt. So far, the spokesperson for the hospital alliance has been found out to be a felon, and now the hospitals have been shown to be in collusion. This gesture is a diversion from the real events surrounding an overwhelming 90% plus vote by nurses to reject the hospital proposals. Nurses insist and studies show that money spent on ratios is lives saved and money saved over the long run.

  2. Angela Rich

    Thanks for supporting Nurses in needing, not wanting , better working conditions. You wouldn’t believe the stories from other nurses I’ve been hearing.That they have a great staff and management works on the group till they all leave.
    Most of us experienced nurses are walking out or would if we could. If I never had to be a nurse for another day I would be thrilled and my work enviornment is better than most. It totally needs restructuring, the whole nursing industry. Scheduling and pay really need adjusting. I simply will not work where I feel unsafe patient ratio, the job I’m in is tolerable, but not great in that respect.
    There are too many new nurses to experienced nurses.
    We are professionals, but increasingly not treated as such.