Resounding 'Yes' Vote on Nurses Strike

nurses strike Resounding 'Yes' Vote on Nurses Strike Thousands of Minnesota nurses have voted to authorize another strike on 14 hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
The Minnesota Nurses Association says 84 percent of nurses voted yes to authorize an open-ended strike. The nurses must give the hospitals a minimum of 10 days’ notice but could strike anytime after that.
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.
Unlike that strike, the nurses on Monday voted on a longer and potentially open-ended walkout.
A spokeswoman for the hospitals says the union’s staffing proposals are unnecessary and very expensive, but the hospitals are willing to negotiate under certain conditions.
No new talks are scheduled.

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  1. NANCY BALDAUF says:

    MANDATORY MEDIATION SHOULD BE REQUIRED BETWEEN THE NURSES UNION REPRESENTATIVES AND THE HOSPITALS TO AVOID ALL THE WASTED MONEY, TIME AND EFFORT THAT THE CURRENT PROCESS IS COSTING EVERYONE. BEYOND THE OBVIOUS WASTED EFFORTS ARE THE RESIDUAL RESULTS AND LONG TERM DISCORD, WHICH DO NOT SERVE THE PATIENTS, HOSPITALS OR NURSING STAFF WELL. BOTH SIDES ARE ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY!!! ENFORCE MANDATORY MEDIATION, WITH A REASONABLE AMOUNT OF TIME DESIGNATED FOR EACH ITEM ON THE AGENDA. IF THE TWO PARTIES CAN NOT REACH A CONSENSUS, THE FINAL DECISION WOULD GO TO AN IMPARTIAL PANEL OF MEDIATORS WHO WOULD THEN BE AUTHORIZED TO TAKE A VOTE TO RESOLVE THAT PARTICULAR ITEM. THE NEXT ITEM WOULD BE NEGOTIATED IN THE SAME MANNER AND SO ON AND SO ON UNTIL A NEW CONTRACT WOULD BE REACHED.

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