On the front page of the Pioneer Press (that "other" newspaper from "across the river" in St. Paul), the article is titled "Nurses reject contract; strike possible June 1".
Nurses at 12 out of 13 hospitals; 7900 out of a possible 9000 nurses voted to strike yesterday according to MNA. The one hospital that did not vote for a strike had their negotiators come in at the last minute before the vote and sweetened the negotiations by providing a longetivity bonus, addressing the scheduling issues, and agreeing to whatever the rest of the hospitals will pay.
Our contract had banned mandatory overtime way back in 1987; but our issues about patient safety (staffing ratios and having beds reserved in critical care areas for emergencies, etc.) are important to us to vote for a strike.
PeggyOhio, the newspapers printed the CEO's medical insurance rates.
Jt, thanks for your words of encouragement. We've been on strike before; so us "oldtimers" know what lies ahead. The differences this time arround are that there isn't a nursing glut so there are non contract nursing jobs out there; plus Minnesota now has a 60 day waiting period for out of state nurses to get their licenses. That should slow down some of the scabs; I hear that US Nursing is trying very hard to recruit nurses from northern Mn. I hope no one is jumping at their offer because what helps the Metro area nurses helps raise the whole regions nursing salaries.
Ragtopannie, I'm sorry you found such witches working in the nursing field. I'm embarrassed that such people can still be in this profession, and in Minnesota, to boot! (We always pride ourselves on "Minnesota nice"). I prefer the Pioneer Press to the "Strib" because the news is not slanted and sensationalized as much. The various AM TV news shows I saw this morning were pretty much factual; but I'm sure that it may be different by tonight, depending on who has had the medias' ear longer- the nurses or the hospitals. I think that with North Memorial ratifying the contract; it may tip the media and the public in our favor more than if all 13 hospitals voted to strike.