Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Minnesota Nurses Announce Plans for New Strike

The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) has filed a 10-day notice for a strike to begin on July 6 and last indefinitely. 10,000 of the MNA's nurses already held a one-day strike on June 21. The strike notice was filed as the union continues to negotiate a new labor and pension agreement with Twin Cities Hospital system, which serves the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Some observers believe that the 10-day strike notice is a tactic by the MNA to pressure the hospital system into an agreement before the July 6 deadline.

Hospitals were able to maintain care during the June strike by bringing in over 2,000 temporary staff members for a single day. The threat of an open-ended strike is a bigger concern for potentially affected hospitals, which must figure out how to remain open and maintain continuity in patient care should its nursing staff go on strike.

Source: StarTribune.com

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