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Published August 19, 2010, 09:25 AM

Duluth Nurses Approve Strike

Nurses at two hospital systems in the northeast Minnesota city of Duluth have rejected new contracts and voted to authorize a one-day strike.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) - Nurses at two hospital systems in the northeast Minnesota city of Duluth have rejected new contracts and voted to authorize a one-day strike.

The Minnesota Nurses Association said 90 percent of nurses from St. Mary's-Duluth Clinic who voted rejected the contract and voted for a strike. The union says more than 86 percent of St. Luke's Hospital nurses voted the same way.

Staffing levels are a key sticking point. The disputes are similar to what prompted a one-day strike in the Twin Cities in June.

The union represents 900 nurses at St. Mary's and 400 at St. Luke's.

A simple majority was needed to accept or reject the contract. The union needed at least 66 percent of voters at each health system to reject the offers to authorize a one-day strike.

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