Neither side is commenting. But there are hints that union nurses and 14 Twin Cities hospitals are communicating once again, with the threat of a strike next Tuesday morning. The hospitals abruptly cancelled radio ads this morning – ads which were critical of the nurses. U of M Labor Professor Aaron Sojourner calls it a positive sign when the two sides are not talking to the media.
A key issue in the dispute is staffing levels. During 11 hours of negotiations on Tuesday, both sides modified their positions but little progress was reported. A union official says a “media blackout” is in effect.