Nurses set to strike early Monday in Twin Cities, Duluth

Weekend negotiations failed to close a wide gap in staffing, wage proposals for 15,000 nurses at 16 hospitals


September 12, 2022

Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune file

Pickets on June 1 marked the expiration of three-year contracts for nurses with their Twin Cities hospitals, including North Memorial Health in Robbinsdale.

Strikes by as many as 15,000 Twin Cities- and Duluth-area hospital nurses appeared imminent Sunday night, after last-ditch negotiations failed to produce contract deals.

The walkouts at 16 hospitals were scheduled to start at 7 a.m. Monday, following the end of overnight nursing shifts, and last for three days.

Nurses argued that hospital staffing levels this weekend were proof of the reasons for their contract demands for more pay and increased staffing. A page Saturday morning alerted emergency department nurses at North Memorial Health in Robbinsdale that the ER needed seven more nurses to meet staffing needs that afternoon.


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