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Associated Press, Published June 25 2010

Minnesota nurses set July 6 strike date

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of nurses in a dispute with 14 Minnesota hospitals say they'll go on strike July 6 if they can't come to agreement.

The Minnesota Nurses Association is filing a required 10-day notice after negotiations Thursday went nowhere.

The biggest issue is staffing. Nurses are seeking fixed nurse-patient ratios, which hospitals say would be too expensive and wouldn't necessarily make patients safer.

The hospitals are in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. The nurses already staged a 24-hour walkout earlier this month.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.