15,000 Minnesota nurses begin three-day strike: "We're all standing together" - CBS Minnesota

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. -- On Monday, approximately 15,000 nurses plan to strike in Minnesota, in what can be the greatest nurses strike in U.S. background. Contract negotiations fell brief this weekend prompting the three-day strike. 

3-day nurses' strike set to start Monday morning 02:21

"i am feeling dissatisfied," Methodist health facility nurse Victoria Zeehandelaar spoke of.

Victoria Zeehandelaar is planning to wooden backyard her place of work on Monday along with her colleagues. Sixteen hospitals across seven healthcare programs might be impacted by way of the strike.

Paul Omodt, a spokesperson for Twin Cities medical institution community, which includes infants's Minnesota, North Memorial health, Fairview fitness, and Park Nicollet Methodist sanatorium, spoke of heaps of nurses from around the country will work right through the strike to retain the hospitals open and running as near normal as possible. 

"we're starting with new people who have and should be getting educated in, we may still expect some delays at our hospitals, we should predict some hiccups because it's simply the nature of the company on any day," Omodt observed.

Allina fitness pointed out patients might be contacted directly if their appointments alternate all the way through the strike.  

"while we are making every effort to reduce disruptions to affected person care, our hospitals continue to be full, and we're making ready to make the quintessential adjustments to make sure we're assembly the community's emergent and on-going health care needs," a spokesperson said.

The Minnesota Nurses association and hospitals are at odds over a number of concerns, from wages, to staffing and protection. 

"What they're inquiring for, the wage increases don't seem to be anything the hospitals can afford," Omodt talked about.

Zeehandelaar said the economics isn't the leading difficulty at hand. 

"We aren't awesome as a result of our wages we're striking as a result of we need to make sure our patients have the very best quality care they could and the basis of this is proper staffing degrees," she pointed out.

Nurses from a variety of healthcare methods will begin the strike at 7 a.m. Monday morning. they are going to wood outside the hospitals until night all through the length of the strike. 

Minnesota Nurses affiliation President Mary Turner spoke to WCCO Sunday morning.

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