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Forum staff reports, Published June 30 2010

Twin Cities nurses reject hospitals' offer

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Nurses Association has rejected the latest offer from 14 Twin Cities hospitals.

The hospitals offered to restore nurses' full pension benefits and set up a working group to address some of their staffing concerns.

But the union says the proposal didn't adequately address their staffing issues. It's demanding that the hospitals agree to firm nurse-to-patient ratios, something the hospitals say they'll never accept.

Negotiators for the 12,000 nurses and 14 hospitals met with federal mediators for more than 12 hours Tuesday, but made little progress toward averting a strike scheduled to begin July 6.

No new talks are scheduled. The union will hold strike preparation meetings Wednesday.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.