Nurses, Allina embark on last ditch contract talks

Allina and MN Nurses Union negotiate

MINNEAPOLIS  - Negotiators are back at the bargaining table Friday in hopes of averting a nurses' strike at five hospitals in the Twin Cities area.

The Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) and representatives from Allina Health are in place and scheduled to begin negotiations with a mediator at a hotel in Bloomington, Minnesota.

The union says nurses will strike starting Monday, Labor Day, if an agreement cannot be reached. Main issues of the negotiations include health insurance, workplace safety and staffing.

An MNA spokesman says nurses are hopeful, and that the union is ready to exchange new proposals to break the stalemate. 

The union represents about 4,800 nurses at Abbott Northwestern and the Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, United in St. Paul, Unity in Fridley and Mercy in Coon Rapids.


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