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Allina Health hospital nurses vote to call for new strike


Allina Health nurses at five Twin Cities hospitals voted on Thursday to authorize a second strike — this time until a contract is reached — in a dispute over health benefits, staffing and workplace safety.

While nurses at three voting locations said they will need to find second jobs and cut expenses to counter the loss of pay from Allina during a strike, they also said they believe it was necessary to defend their benefits and press the health system after an initial one-week strike in June didn’t result in a deal.

“Otherwise it was all for naught if we went on strike the first time and we didn’t get anything,” said Becky Auger, a nurse at United Hospital in St. Paul.


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