Expand the Minnesota mental health workers strike! Unite with Minnesota nurses!

Today’s strike of 400 mental health workers from M Health Fairview University of Minnesota and Allina Health is part of the growing resistance of health care workers around the world against unsafe staffing levels, overwork and burnout and the subordination of public health to private profit.

Ten thousand New Zealand nurses held a one-day national strike for improved pay and working conditions on May 16. This follows recent strikes by Stanford nurses and Cedars-Sinai hospital service workers in California. In Minnesota, 15,000 nurses are heading into a battle when their contracts expire on May 31.

Minneapolis mental health care workers (SEIU)

Health care workers, who have been in the forefront of the fight against the pandemic, have also borne the brunt of the criminal decision by the corporate and political establishment to prioritize profit over human life. The refusal by Trump and then Biden to take the necessary public health measures to eliminate the SARS-Cov-2 virus has led to more than 1 million deaths and the virtual breakdown of the medical system.

The giant health care monopolies—including Allina and Fairview—received billions in COVID relief money, ensuring the massive salaries of their corporate executives and business partners. Meanwhile, health care workers have lost their lives and been forced to work under intolerable conditions, leading to a mass exodus from the profession.

Psychologists, counselors, therapists, clinical social workers and psychiatrists face extreme conditions, including physical assaults. Nearly three-quarters of all workplace assaults occur in health care and social services sectors, with psychiatric care and substance abuse health care workers experiencing rates 12 times higher than health care workers in general.