Senator McEwen Responds to Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 1st Street Nurses Unionizing with MNA 

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On February 8, Nurses at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 1st Street overwhelmingly voted to unionize and join the Minnesota Nurses Association. This came after nurses filed for election in December after struggling to achieve fairness, pay equity, and staff retention in the workplace.  

Senator Jen McEwen (DFL-Duluth) issued the following statement in response to the unionization of Essentia nurses:  

“In a world where our voices can often feel drowned out by powerful corporate and business interests, unionizing our workplaces is the most powerful tool we have. I’m proud to see the new MNA members at Duluth Clinic 1st Street join fellow nurses at Essentia and other healthcare systems to fight for fairness and transparency in the workplace. Our nurses work tirelessly to protect and care for our communities. The power to create positive change lies in our hands when we stand together. I congratulate Essentia nurses at the 1st Street Essentia Clinic, along with their union MNA, on their success and solidarity.” 

Along with the successful organizing of nurses at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 1st Street, nurses at Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic 2nd Street and Essentia East Market Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) are also currently working to organize for collective representation with MNA. More information from the Minnesota Nurses Association press release can be found here.  


Jen McEwen represents Senate District 8 which covers the community of Duluth.

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