Nurses Set to Strike Over Insurance during 5 Minnesota Hospitals

Thousands of nurses during 5 Minnesota hospitals are scheduled to go on strike during 7 a.m. Monday, Labor Day, in a brawl over health insurance, workplace reserve and staffing levels. Here’s a demeanour during some of a issues:

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WHICH HOSPITALS ARE INVOLVED?

They’re all partial of Minneapolis-based Allina Health — Abbott Northwestern and a Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, United in St. Paul, Unity in Fridley and Mercy in Coon Rapids. About 4,800 nurses during those hospitals are represented by a Minnesota Nurses Association, a kinship that called a open-ended strike.

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WHAT’S THE MAIN DISPUTE?

Health insurance.

In a pierce Allina estimates would save $10 million a year, it wanted to switch nurses from their union-only health skeleton to ones that cover all other Allina employees, definition nurses would compensate reduce premiums though have aloft deductibles and out-of-pocket expenses.

That mirrors a inhabitant trend toward changeable costs on to employees with aloft deductibles and patients picking adult some-more out-of-pocket costs. The kinship has resisted, observant nurses are some-more disposed to injuries and illnesses given of a hazards of their jobs.

Allina has given altered a position, charity to let a nurses keep their dual many renouned plans. But a kinship says that’s a step back given Allina would collect adult usually 2 percent of whatever cost increases a skeleton catch (the association after offering to boost a top to 3 percent and check implementing a top until 2019). The kinship also says a skeleton eventually would turn so costly that a nurses would have to dump out and a skeleton would die.

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HOW WILL A STRIKE AFFECT PATIENT CARE?

Allina officials contend it won’t and didn’t in Jun when nurses during a 5 hospitals walked out for a week. The kinship disputes that. The hospitals have been backing adult deputy nurses, though that’s an costly proposition. Bringing in 1,400 deputy workers from opposite a nation was a vital reason because June’s strike cost $20.4 million, Allina concurred in a new financial avowal statement. The kinship says Allina has been pressuring nurses to cranky a picket lines and keep working.

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WHAT’S THE STATUS OF NEGOTIATIONS?

The dual sides met Friday with sovereign mediators. The 22-hour talks pennyless off early Saturday with no agreement on a new three-year contract, and no new talks scheduled. The agreement lapsed Jun 1.

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HOW LONG COULD A STRIKE LAST?

Hard to say. Union leaders have pronounced nurses will stay off a pursuit for as prolonged as it takes. The Jun walkout was usually scheduled to final a week. The final large open-ended nurses’ strikes in a Twin Cities lasted 23 days in 2001 and 38 days in 1984.

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