« Continue Browsing

e-mail article Print     e-mail article E-mail

Associated Press, Published September 01 2010

Nurse negotiators reach contract agreement in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Nurses in Duluth have avoided a possible strike and reached a tentative agreement with a local hospital.

The agreement follows an all-night negotiating session between the two parties which was considered the last bargaining meeting before more than 400 nurses scheduled a one-day strike.

Union negotiator Cindy Prout says the agreement addresses nurses' concerns over staffing levels.

One of the key issues in negotiations was a new code of conduct for nurses. Minnesota Public Radio reports the proposed contract gives nurses input on the new code.

Meanwhile, nearly 1,000 nurses at St. Mary's Medical Center in Duluth are without a contract. SMDC spokeswoman Kim Kaiser says the hospital has made contingency plans for a possible strike.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.