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Allina hospital nurses' strike approaches record as talks continue

29 Setiembre 2016

The second day in a row of talks between negotiators for Allina Health and 4,800 of its hospital nurses adjourned Wednesday night with no agreement, bringing the ongoing nursing strike ever closer to the state record 38-day walkout by nurses back in 1984.

Also on Tuesday, striking Allina nurses rallied outside the Radisson Blu Hotel in downtown Minneapolis during the annual shareholders meeting of General Mills, which has an executive serving on Allina's board, reports the Star Tribune. The statement provided no details on whether the health system and the Minnesota Nurses Association had made any progress toward resolving the dispute.

Almost 5,000 registered nurses in Minnesota have been on a labor strike over health insurance, safety, and staffing for Almost a month.

The switch would "save" $10 million a year, according to Allina.

The union contends that Allina wants to shift too many new costs onto nurses, without adequate compensation. The current contract with the nurses expired June 1, and the union went on a strike earlier this summer for one week, to protest their opposition to Allina's decision to switch out health care plans.

This is not the first time the nurses have hit the picket line in Minnesota.

The possibility of losing their health insurance on October 1 pushed some striking nurses to temp jobs, while others turned to the union for support.

Allina hospital nurses' strike approaches record as talks continue