Mayo Mankato nurses vote to end union association

Mayo Clinic Mankato nurses voted Tuesday to decertify their union.

In a vote of 213 to 181, nurses voted to cut ties with the Minnesota Nurses Association Union, which represents about 22,000 nurses. The union has represented Mayo for decades.

Tammie Fromm, a registered operating room nurse at the Mayo Clinic in Mankato, released the following statement through the MP:

“For decades, long before Mayo Health System purchased our community hospital, nurses here proudly united to fight for better conditions for local workers and patients in our hospitals. Despite our efforts, local nurses had to face a very powerful and well-funded outside national organization determined to undermine workers’ power and collective bargaining rights.

Mayo Clinic released the following statement on the vote:

Pending confirmation of the results by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), nurses in the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato will no longer be represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA). Nursing staff voted on the issue on July 25, and confirmation of the results is expected in about a week.

This is a staff-led effort, and we are grateful for the trust our nursing staff places in the Mayo Clinic healthcare system. We look forward to working directly with them.

The Minnesota Reformer reports that the effort was conducted by Glen Taylor’s daughter-in-law and the National Right to Work Foundation.