Associated Press, Published July 02 2010
Negotiators, union reach tentative dealNegotiators for 14 Minnesota hospitals and the union representing more than 12,000 nurses have reached a tentative deal that will avert a strike planned for Tuesday. The union membership must still ratify the agreement.
- The Minnesota Nurses Association withdrew its demand for rigid nurse-to-patient ratios, which it said was needed for patient safety but hospitals called expensive and unnecessary.
- The hospitals dropped proposals to cut pensions and change health care benefits for nurses. The current benefit package would continue in the next three-year contract.
- The nurses will drop their more than 20 charges of unfair labor practices by the hospitals.
- The hospitals won’t pursue changes in work rules that would have allowed them to “float” more nurses from department to department in response to patient demands.
- The nurses will get no wage increase in the first year but will get a 1 percent raise in the second year and a 2 percent raise in the third year.
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