More than 1,400 nurses at two hospitals in Duluth, Minn., have reached agreements to avert labor strikes, following a large-scale walkout at 14 hospitals this summer by nurses represented by the same organization, the Minnesota Nurses Association.
Duluth nurses, hospitals reach agreements
Negotiators at 154-bed SMDC Medical Center in Duluth today announced they had reached a labor agreement with hospital management, though terms were not publicly released. The union said the nearly 1,000 nurses are expected to “overwhelmingly ratify” the new contract during voting on Sept. 10.
Meanwhile, at 267-bed St. Luke's Hospital, the 450 union registered nurses voted to accept a new three-year contract by a 96% margin. The union said the agreement includes a provision for the joint development of staffing plans, including the ability to temporarily stop new admissions to a unit.
In June more than 12,000 hospital nurses went on a one-day strike over staffing ratios and other issues, and a second, open-ended strike was prevented when both sides reached a contract the following month.
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