Replacement Nurses at the Ready
It’s believed 2,000 to 3,000 replacement nurses are standing by to staff 14 Twin Cities hospitals affected by a 24-hour strike on Thursday. The walkout by 12,000 RNs is expected to begin at 7 am. Replacements have told the news media they’ll earn around $1600 for their services – on top of expenses. The replacements have been flown in from states as far as Florida and have undergone training for the past few days. Key issues in the dispute are staffing levels and pensions. The hospitals are giving reassurances that operations will continue with only minor disruptions.