Nurses at 14 hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area are voting on whether to avert a large-scale strike that had been set to begin as soon as today.
Minn. nurses voting on contracts
Results of the voting are not expected before midnight Central time, but hospitals spokeswoman Maureen Schriner said hospital officials expect that the proposed contracts will pass muster with the more than 12,000 members of the Minnesota Nurses Association affected because union negotiators are endorsing the proposals this time. The contracts between the union and the six health systems that own the hospitals need a simple majority to pass.
The three-year contracts would call for raises of 0% in the first year, 1% in the second year and 2% in the third, which is the same wage structure received by other union and nonunion workers at the systems. On the sticking point of mandated nurse-patient ratios, the union agreed to work through the existing staffing committees to make its concerns known, both sides have said.
“I don't think anyone wanted a strike,” Schriner said. “This agreement is a give and take for both parties.”
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