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Sanford responds to MNA announcement of plans to start picketing

Contrary to what the Minnesota Nurses Association is again saying today, Sanford Bemidji Medical Center had reached a written tentative agreement regarding safe staffing and scheduling, said Chief Operating Officer Joy Johnson in a Friday evening press release.

"We have always been and remain committed to patient care and safety first," she said.

On Friday, Sanford Bemidji received notice that MNA nurses will engage in picketing from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. The union has the right to hold an informational picket. This is not a strike notice.

Sanford made every attempt to negotiate in good faith, Johnson said. Throughout the process, the timing between negotiations has been consistent.

"We continue to be supportive of our Sanford employees and proud of our work to always put patients first," Johnson said. "All services will continue without disruption."