Union says Allina contract establishes $15 minimum wage

The union that represents 3,000 workers at Allina Hospitals is trumpeting a three-year contract that it says for the first time establishes a $15 minimum wage.

Allina, without commenting directly on the assertion by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), said Friday that it has agreed to a contract that pays 3.5 percent in wage increases over three years and that 97 percent of the affected workers already make at least $15 an hour.