ST. PAUL, Minn. - Maybe a change of setting will lead to a resolution in the ongoing nurses strike?
That's what Governor Mark Dayton is hoping for anyway. On Monday morning, negotiators for Allina Health and the Minnesota Nurses Association will meet at Dayton's residence in hopes of ending the most recent strike that began Labor Day.
Thousands of nurses at five Allina Health hospitals are on strike, calling for improvements on safety, staffing and health care coverage.
The hospitals affected by the strike include Abbott Northwestern and Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, United in St. Paul, Mercy in Coon Rapids and Unity in Fridley. Some 1,500 replacement nurses have been staffing the hospitals on temporary contracts.
Dayton says he, along with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, has been meeting separately with both sides over the past five weeks.
Dayton said he hopes both parties will "reach an agreement that will allow the health care system and nurses to resume the quality of health care Minnesotans need and deserve."