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Associated Press, Published September 08 2010

Duluth nurses reach deal, avoid 1-day strike

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The union for nurses at a Duluth hospital says it has reached a tentative agreement with management that will avert a one-day strike set for Sept. 14.

The union says negotiators reached agreement Wednesday after a 30-hour negotiating session. The negotiation committee is strongly recommending the rank-and-file ratify the deal.

Full details haven't been released, but the union's web site says they did better than the zero to 2 percent pay raises in other nurse contracts around the state.

Staffing levels were a key sticking point between the Minnesota Nurses Association and SMDC Medical Center.

The MNA reached a deal with St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth last week. The ratification vote was Wednesday and nurses were expected to approve it.



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

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