Strike over, nurses back at Twin Cities Allina hospitals

Published 10:30 am Monday, October 17, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — Nurses have returned to work after ending a weekslong strike against five Allina Health hospitals in the Minneapolis area.

A spokesman for the Minnesota Nurses Association said the nurses returned to work Sunday.

A majority of union members ratified the agreement Thursday, just days after Gov. Mark Dayton called both sides back to the bargaining table.

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About 4,000 nurses had been on strike since Labor Day. A weeklong strike also took place in June. Health insurance benefits were a major issue.

Union Executive Director Rose Roach said the agreement improves workplace safety issues, staffing policies and ensures health benefits won’t be reduced.