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Twin Cities nurses prepare for strike

After months of negotiations, nurses in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, have voted and authorized a one-day strike to take place on June 1 at 14 metro hospitals because nurses and healthcare officials could not settle on a new contract that satisfies both parties.

The vote consisted of 9,000 nurses of the 12,000 in the hospital system, with 90% voting to reject pension and labor proposals from the hospitals. Prior to the vote, nurses and healthcare executives tried to reach an agreement to no avail. Each party stood strong in its beliefs and the nurses felt they had no choice but to strike.

The Twin Cities Daily Planet summed up some of the issues discussed, which ranged from patient care to pension.

The planned strike will come the day after the Twin Cities nurses’ contract ends. Maureen Schriner, an official spokesperson for the hospitals, told the Star Tribune said nurses may not be welcomed back after the daylong strike is over. As the hospitals will have to hire replacement nurses for the week, officials cannot just “turn on a dime” and welcome the striking nurses immediately, she said.


What are your thoughts on the strike? Do you think there could be an alternative way to reach an agreement?


Source: The Star Tribune

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Sarah Kearns About the Author: Sarah is an Editorial Assistant in the patient safety group at HCPro, Inc. She contributes to two monthly newsletters; Briefings on the Joint Commission and Briefings on Patient Safety, and manages four e-zines; Accreditation Connection, AHAP Staff Challenge, Nurse Manager Weekly, and Healthcare Training Weekly. She also helps research new products for the patient safety and nursing market. She graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2008 where she earned her bachelor's degree in English.

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  1. How sad that nurses are willing to abandon their patients. What happened to the day when nurses came into nursing to take care of patients? I agree with many principals of unions, but do not agree on a strike, under any circumstance. This is another piece of our health system that is broken, and again the patient suffers.

  2. I think mandatory arbitration should be enforced on both sides

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