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Published June 16, 2010, 08:30 AM

Minnesota Nurses Ask for More Talks

The union representing thousands of Twin Cities nurses is asking 14 hospitals to return to the bargaining table to try to resolve their contract dispute.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The union representing thousands of Twin Cities nurses is asking 14 hospitals to return to the bargaining table to try to resolve their contract dispute.

The Minnesota Nurses Association has proposed talks for June 22, the day after a strike authorization vote. In a letter to the hospitals, the union says it's willing to modify its proposals if the hospitals will engage in meaningful discussions.

Hospital officials say they won't decide until Wednesday on whether to try negotiations again.

Hospital spokeswoman Maureen Schriner tells the Star Tribune the hospitals would only go back to the table if it's clear the union is willing to modify its proposals.

The 12,000 registered nurses struck for one day last week. The nurses vote next Monday on whether to authorize an open-ended strike.

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