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Published June 21, 2010, 09:52 AM

Minneosta Nurses Vote on Possible Strike

Thousands of Minnesota nurses are voting Monday on whether to give their union the authority to call another strike on 14 hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Thousands of Minnesota nurses are voting Monday on whether to give their union the authority to call another strike on 14 hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

The polls opened at 6 a.m. and will close at 8:30 p.m. at locations in Brooklyn Park and St. Paul. The union expects to announce the results Monday night.

About 12,000 nurses went on a one-day strike on June 10, saying they wanted increased staffing in the hospitals and didn't want cuts to their pension.

Unlike that strike, the nurses on Monday are voting on a longer and potentially open-ended walkout.

A spokeswoman for the hospitals says the union's staffing proposals are unnecessary and very expensive, but the hospitals are willing to negotiate under certain conditions.

No new talks are scheduled.

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