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Published June 25, 2010, 08:23 AM

Minnesota Nurses to File Strike Notice

Minnesota nurses in an ongoing dispute over staffing and pension issues with 14 hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area plan to file a formal strike notice.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota nurses in an ongoing dispute over staffing and pension issues with 14 hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area plan to file a formal strike notice.

The Minnesota Nurses Association said late Thursday that it will file the 10-day strike notice on Friday. The union must do that before beginning an open-ended strike that nurses approved Monday.

The announcement comes a few weeks after about 12,000 nurses went on a one-day strike against the hospitals.

The union and the hospitals had returned to the bargaining table Thursday at the request of a federal mediator. The union says the talks did not go well and that the hospitals would not negotiate again until Tuesday.

The hospitals say a strike won't benefit anyone.

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