Essentia Health recognizes the USW Local 9460 Technical Unit as the union representing more than 700 employees across the East market. 

Essentia Health and United Steelworkers Technical Unit Contract Bargaining Update – February 29, 2024 Update

We are pleased that members of the USW Local 9460 Technical Unit have voted to ratify a new three-year collective bargaining agreement which covers represented employees until June 2026. The vote occurred after Essentia Health and USW bargaining representatives reached a tentative agreement on February 7 with the help of a federal mediator. We are glad to continue our work together on behalf of the patients and communities we are privileged to serve.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Below is a representative sample of frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the bargaining process and what it means for USW Technical Unit and Essentia Health.

The current agreement covers more than 700 employees across the East market.

Negotiations concluded with the ratification of a new agreement in February, 2024. Essentia Health will begin meeting with the USW ahead of the expiration of the current contract, which is in place through June, 2026.

Our USW Technical Unit agreement expires on June 30, 2026.

Essentia Health has a history of reaching successful agreements with the USW and we are committed to reaching a similar outcome with employees represented by the USW’s Technical Unit contract this year.

We also remain committed to providing seamless, high-quality care to our patients and their families while we work through the bargaining process.

When negotiations begin again, Essentia Health will be committed to working through a range of issues of interest to both parties in a deliberate way through the usual process of bargaining in good faith. This site will post any significant developments in negotiations.

Yes, we will continue to provide appropriate updates on the process during bargaining.

Still Have a Question?

For additional information or relevant questions not addressed here, email the Essentia Health team at [email protected].