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Twin Cities nurses' contact expires

They continue to work while talks continue

June 01, 2019 - 7:56 am

Some 13,000 Twin Cities nurses remain on the job even though their labor contracts expired on Friday.  

Negotiations are still ongoing between the Minnesota Nurses Association and 14 hospitals in the metro.

"Frankly, I've been in contract negotiations since 2010, I personally am not surprised," said MNA president Mary Turner. "But it is very disappointing for our nurses."

There were inforational pickets at several hospitals last month, and Turner said those action appeared to prompt hospital negotiators to move on several issues.

"Our rationale is to get them to move any further, we're going to have to take it away from the table," she said. "And get out there and get all our nurses involved in some kind of major action."

There are no plans for the union to take a strike vote.

"It's too early for that," said Turner.

Major issues include pay raises and workplace rules.

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.

Negotiators with the hospitals say they are optimistic a three-year deal can be reached.

The last time all members of the nurses union went on strike in the Twin Cities was a one-day walkout in 2010.

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