Minnesota Nurses Association rejects latest offer from Children’s hospitals

Thousands working under expired contracts across state

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June 14, 2019 - 7:44 am

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Risings costs of healthcare are prompting nurses represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association to call a strike. The negotiating team voted Thursday to reject the latest offer from the Children's Hospital.

A timetable for when the strike will occur hasn't been set. Legally, it could happen 10 days after the union alerts the hospital of Thursday's vote. 

The move comes at a time when thousands of Minnesota nurses are currently working under an expired contract.

Elaina Hane is a nurse in the pediatric ICU. "Nurses are feeling very disrespected," she said. "Children's is refusing to discuss our issues around insurance, which is our number one biggest issues."

In a statement, the hospital called the vote disappointing, and that their goal is to come to some sort of an agreement.

This comes about three years after nurses at Allina-based hospitals walked off the job for 44 days, with replacement nurses called in from out of state to fill their shifts.

 

Related: Twin Cities nurses' contract expires

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