Nearly 5,000 Minnesota Nurses Start Open-Ended Strike
The Minnesota Nurses Association and the Allina Health system failed over the weekend to iron out a dispute over nurses' health insurance.
4,800 Nurses Strike At 5 Twin Cities Allina Hospitals
Nearly 5,000 nurses took to the picket lines on Monday — Labor Day — as they began an open-ended strike at five Twin Cities hospitals operated by the Allina Health system. The strike follows a 22-hour negotiation session that stretched from Friday into Saturday morning but failed to produce an agreement between the Minnesota Nurses Association and Minneapolis-based Allina. “We should be at a Labor Day picnic, and here we are at a Labor Day picket instead,” MNA executive director Rose Roach said at a Monday news conference outside Abbot Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. (Cooney, 9/5)
The Star Tribune:
Second Nursing Strike Begins After Weekend Negotiations Stall
The second strike this summer by more than 4,000 Allina Health nurses started like the first — with a bagpiper serenading the pickets at 7 a.m. Monday at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, and cheers rising as bleary-eyed nurses finishing overnight shifts emerged from the hospital. And yet this walkout felt very different to the picketing nurses. The June strike lasted seven days; this one, they say, won’t end until a deal is reached. (Olson, 9/6)
Minnesota Public Radio and The Associated Press:
Nurses At Allina On Strike: What's At Stake?
Thousands of nurses at five Minnesota hospitals went on strike today in a dispute over health insurance, workplace safety and staffing levels. Here's a look at some of the issues. (Benson and Karnowski, 9/4)