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ST. PAUL, MINN. - The Minnesota Nurses Association and Twin Cities hospitals have reached a tentative agreement on new three-year contracts.

The news came in a joint press release from the MNA and North Memorial Health Care, Park Nicollet Health Services, Children's Hospitals and Clinics, Fairview Health Services, HealthEast Care System and Allina Health.

The contracts are being unanimously recommended by the MNA Negotiating Committee for ratification by its members. The new contracts will be effective from June 1, 2013 through May 31, 2016.

The press release states, "Minnesota Nurses Association and the Hospitals are pleased to have reached agreement on the contracts in early negotiations and will now be able to focus on continuing to provide excellent care to our patients."

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