5,000 nurses at 5 Twin Cities hospitals vote for new strike

Published 9:28 am Friday, August 19, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — Nearly 5,000 nurses at five Twin Cities hospitals have voted to authorize an indefinite strike amid a dispute over a new contract.

The workers represented by the Minnesota Nurse’s Association voted Thursday to authorize an open-ended walkout at the Allina Health hospitals just two months after a weeklong strike ended without a deal.

Part of the dispute is over health care plans. Allina wants to transition its nurses to the same plan as other employees to save $10 million a year. The corporate plan carries lower premiums but higher deductibles. The nurses want to keep their union plans.

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The affected hospitals are Abbott Northwestern and Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, United in St. Paul, Unity in Fridley and Mercy in Coon Rapids.

The union must give a 10-day notice before a strike.