Hospitals Agree To Talks

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A group of 14 Minnesota hospitals is accepting the offer of the Minnesota Nurses Association to resume talks, but under one condition.

The hospitals want a pledge from the union not to strike before July 31. In return, the hospitals promise not to lock out any nurses before then.

A spokeswoman for the hospitals says in a statement Thursday that the group hopes the pledge will give both sides enough time to reach a deal and avoid another strike.

About 12,000 nurses went on a one-day strike on June 10, saying they wanted increased staffing in the hospitals and didn’t want cuts to their pension.

A vote to authorize another strike is scheduled for Monday.

Hospitals spokeswoman Maureen Schriner says they are hopeful the talks can move beyond the union’s staffing proposal.

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