HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — Nurses have scheduled a three-day strike next month at the Range Regional Health Services hospital in Hibbing.

The Minnesota Nurses Association says nurses Friday delivered to management their 10-day intent-to-strike notice, as required by federal labor laws.

The strike is set to begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, and end at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 7. It would involve about 150 nurses.

The two sides have been negotiating for nearly nine months. The union says the main sticking points have been staffing levels, scheduling and a management proposal that lumps sick days and vacation days together.

Another negotiating session is scheduled for next Thursday.

Range Regional spokesman Mitch Vincent says he’s honoring the mediator’s request that the two sides not speak to the media until after that meeting.

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Comments (6)
  1. cycle with love says:

    Go nurses! Make rural Minnesota pay!!

  2. mplsnurse says:

    $10 Says they fold just like the Twin Cities nurses did! It’s all about the money and getting full benefits while only working 16 hrs a week. Twin Cities nurses turned their backs on staffing levels.

  3. Mark from Minnesota Tax Waste says:

    It’s all about the money to them. Just like the Mpls nurses who said it was about the patients, but when they got their money the strike was over. Sorry nurses, we are not buying this one.

  4. Penny says:

    This is another attempt by this radical union to gain strength for them and ruin nurses reputation. FYI…when they tried a strike in DC over 500 nurses crossed the picket line! This union does not promote working with management and continues to agitate until they get what they want. Guess what….the hospitals WILL NOT adopt these ratios so you will not win on that one. The NNU instigated over 30 strikes in 6 months….is this the union you want representing you? Check out nostrikefornurses.wordpress.com and get educated on what your union is doing around the country.

  5. out of stae rn says:

    the public should be very concerned about the the patent nurse ratio. if u r a patient this ratio directly affects your care and your outcome of your illness. i would rather keep current benefit level and more nurses. instaed of hating the nurses ask the administration why they dont increase the nursing staff. it is money on both sides not just the nurses. i am a nure from another state our contract is coming up i dont want any more benefits or pay raises i want more rns

  6. Jamie Madsen says:

    Wonder if the nurses will get what they want from this strike. http://cnatrainingclass411.com/

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