MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As nurses with Allina prepare for a strike amid tense negotiations, another union has announced their solidarity.

The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) says the Association of EMTs and Paramedics Local R7-167 notified Allina of plans to support the nurses strike at five hospitals across the Twin Cities. The 5,000 nurses involved will begin the strike Monday, while the EMTs won’t begin until Sept. 15.

Paramedics and EMTs from the chapter won’t walk off the job, but they will stand with nurses at the picket line, according to a letter from the union’s president to Allina.

The dispute between Allina and its nurses stems around proposed changes to the nurses healthcare plan, which nurses say would offer less coverage. Allina says it has to make the cuts due to budgetary restrictions, but nurses say the healthcare company could cut other parts of the budget instead.

So far, negotiations have been unfruitful. Allina announced plans to bring in 1,500 replacement nurses until the indefinite strike is resolved.

The hospitals affected are United Hospital in St. Paul, Abbot Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis and Unity Hospital in Fridley. There is no word yet on how many EMTs and paramedics will be picketing with strikers.

Comments (5)
  1. Jose Ortega says:

    If the nurses want really fast results they should get the garbage men to go on a sympathy strike. When the garbage men strike everyone sits up and listens to what they have to say.

  2. Steve99 says:

    ….and who doe these medics work for….finish the story good neighbor…

  3. dan w says:

    We should all support the nurses!

  4. John says:

    OK nurses, I cant understand why there are 10,000 Alina employees on 1 insurance plan and you roughly 1000 of you think you are better than everybody else and expect special treatment.
    Rather then blame Allina for rate increase blame your union who backed Obama and the other democrats who forced Obama care down our throats

    1. dan w says:

      The nurses have a healthcare plan they want to keep, one that they actually pay for out of their own pockets. Allina probably wants them on the same program as other employees because the company will get a bigger discount, more money on the bottom line.

      Your comments on the Affordable Care Act are meaningless…

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