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Minnesota nurses set to strike June 19

By staff |
June 11, 2016
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Minneapolis, MN - The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) announced June 8 that it had delivered the legally required ten-day notice for a strike at Twin Cites metro area Allina hospitals. About 5000 nurses at Abbott Northwestern, Phillips Eye Institute, Mercy, United and Unity hospitals could walk off their jobs June 19 for a seven-day strike if there is no progress toward a contract settlement.

Allina took the position in contract negotiations that it wanted huge changes in the current health care plans that would shift more costs to the nurses.

Allina says it will hire scabs to staff the hospitals.

A statement from the MNA notes, “Under the National Labor Relations Act, union members can engage in an unfair labor practice strike without fear of retaliation. The nurses’ employment is protected under federal law.”

Many in the Twin Cites labor movement are making plans to join the nurses on the picket lines.