By Esme Murphy

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Gov. Mark Dayton is trying to broker an end to the 36-day Allina nurses strike.

On Monday, the governor asked both sides to come to the governor’s mansion in St. Paul. He said he doesn’t want them to leave until they have an agreement.

The meetings between Allina officials, the nurses and the governor started at 11 a.m. Since then, there’s been no update as to how the talks are going.

Just last week, the more than 4,000 nurses overwhelmingly rejected Allina’s latest contract offer.

The governor does not have authority over either Allina or the nurses, but his intervention does have precedent.

“It’s not rare,” said John Budd, a University of Minnesota professor who specializes with labor disputes. “Gov. Dayton tried to do the same thing with the orchestra lockout a couple of years ago. President Clinton tried to do the same thing in a baseball strike.”

Even if the governor is able to broker a deal, the more than 4,000 nurses at five Allina hospitals would still have to vote it up or down.

The latest Allina nurses strike started on Labor Day. The nurses have objected to Allina’s new insurance plans and have concerns over workplace safety.

When you add in the nurses’ one week strike in June, this is the longest nurses strike in Minnesota history.

Comments (8)
  1. It’s like a Fox (Dayton) guarding the Chicken House! DFL Corruption period!

  2. Concerned about this says:

    Dayton stay away, you make everything worse… just like this state since you took office. You and Betsy have made MPLS and this state a joke during your time in office. Please go away and stop wrecking my home state.

  3. leftofright says:

    “If you like your insurance plan, you can keep your insurance plan.” Why is it that this union thinks they can raise the price of health insurance through work place rules, pay increases and required staffing, yet not participate in the same insurance plans?

  4. Rob says:

    Hopefully both sides ignore those buffoons and don’t attend the meeting.

  5. The 14th amendment says Nurses must feel the same healthcare pinch as everyone else in the country.

    The ACA will fall apart if they don’t treat everyone the same, and make everyone contribute to healthcare equally.

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