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Associated Press, Published July 02 2010

Twin Cities nurses to vote Tuesday on deal to avert strike

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Nurses Association has set the date for a vote on a tentative deal that would avert a strike by about 12,000 nurses on 14 Twin Cities hospitals.

The MNA says the vote will be July 6, the same date an open-ended strike had been scheduled to start.

The union says on Friday that if 51 percent of its members vote "yes" the contract will be officially ratified. It had said on Thursday night that ratification required a two-thirds majority.

If deal doesn't get enough votes, negotiations would resume. If 66 percent or more nurses reject the deal it's also the same as authorizing another strike.

Under the tentative agreement, the nurses gave up their demand for rigid nurse-to-patient ratios and the hospitals withdrew their proposal to cut pension and health care benefits.

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Online:

Minnesota Nurses Association: http://www.mnnurses.org

Twin Cities Hospitals: http://www.twincitieshospitals.com

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.