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Workers announce one-day strike at 7 Twin Cities nursing homes over pay, staffing

Roughly 600 workers at seven Twin Cities nursing homes will stage a one-day strike March 5, hoping to pressure employers to boost pay and stop the exodus of nurses and caregivers from elder-care facilities.

Vote results announced Tuesday in favor of the strikes reflect desperation among workers, who are burning out from extra shifts to care for elderly and frail residents, said Jamie Gulley, president of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and Iowa, the St. Paul-based union that represents the workers.

"There's not enough help," he said. "It just really plays havoc on people's family lives. It causes an extreme amount of burnout when you are forced to work doubles routinely. Folks have frankly had enough."


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