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Associated Press, Published June 12 2010

Neither side budging after walkout by nurses

MINNEAPOLIS – Thousands of nurses in Minnesota were back on the job Friday after a tense return to their 14 hospitals, but neither side appeared any more ready to budge on the staffing issues that fueled the one-day walkout.

John Nemo, a spokesman for the Minnesota Nurses Association, said now it was time for the hospitals to stop “saying they want to negotiate and actually sit down and modify the contract offer our nurses resoundingly rejected nearly a month ago.” Hospitals spokeswoman Maureen Schriner said the proposal was “reasonable” and “the union needs to move toward serious negotiations.”

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