ELY, Minn. (AP) — Nurses at Ely-Bloomenson Community Hospital have voted to reject the hospital’s final contract offer and instead authorize their negotiators to call a strike.

The Minnesota Nurses Association represents 32 nurses in the bargaining unit. A breakdown of Wednesday’s vote was not released by the union.

Kathy Champa, one of the bargaining unit leaders at the hospital, says the hospital’s offer does not adequately address the Ely nurses’ health-care insurance concerns.

Nurse leaders will meet soon to determine their next step. A strike date has not been set yet, and federal labor laws require hospitals be given at least 10 days notice before a strike can take place.

A telephone message left for hospital administration was not immediately returned Wednesday.

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Comments (6)
  1. just and Average Worker says:

    …”the hospital’s offer does not adequately address the Ely nurses’ health-care insurance concerns.”…

    I always like how the union never get into the specifics. What specifically are their concerns. Are they upset they may have to pay a little more for their insurance? Welcome to the real world. Quit your whining and deal with it like The Average American Worker does.

    1. Mike says:

      Its sounds like you are promoting a socialist agenda. Spread the wealth and the pain? Your company is probably jerking you around while making huge profits (if you have a job) and now you think everyone else should also get the shaft because you did? Get a better job yourself or form a union and fight for what you deserve!

  2. Realist says:

    Boo Hoo… MNA is just a sham organization… I have an idea, decertify the union, keep your union dues and pay the difference out of the dues you just saved. I bet you would be ahead of the game.

  3. Mike says:

    Hang in there! We support you. Of course many will say awful things about you and the union. One day they will be near death and thanking God for the wonderful nurses we have in Minnesota! I’ve been in the hospital in Texas and its nothing like we have here! Thank-you for all you do!

  4. Claire says:

    Nurses are wonderful, but this is a private company. They have all the right in the world to cut cost where ever they can. In turn the nurses have an option of working here or for a competing Hospital or Clinic.

  5. tuna-free dolphin says:

    There are plenty of unemployed nurses to come in and fill those jobs. I say let ’em strike and replace them. Call their bluff and kick ’em to the curb. So long sista!

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