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The strike will begin Dec. 11, unless tentative contract agreements are made with hospitals before then. Nurses at Essentia and Twin Cities hospitals would strike for three weeks, until Dec. 31.
The 15,000 union nurses at 15 hospitals in Minnesota and Wisconsin will vote Nov. 30. The vote could give MNA leaders the power to authorize another strike, following a three-day strike held in September, as they bargain for contracts.
Celebrating the 50-year class reunion in September, the “Golden Girls” honored for their nursing careers included Worthington resident Nancy Hofstee, Worthington native Margaret “Peg” Roos Lund, Marla Devaney Hassler and Becky McQuade Zuckweiler.
The nurses' union and hospital management remain at odds over pay, staffing levels and whether nurses should have more say in staffing decisions.
The health care system claims the Minnesota Nurses Association failed to include Essentia Health-Duluth in its list of facilities that received a strike notice.
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The Minnesota Nurses Association, which announced plans for 15,000 nurses to strike for three days starting Sept. 12, said Thursday they still plan to hold their strike, despite the charges.

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The strike, which includes 15,000 nurses across 16 hospitals in the Twin Cities, Twin Ports and Moose Lake, will begin Sept. 12.
The vote among 15,000 Minnesota Nurses Association members was "overwhelmingly" in favor of the strike, according to MNA.
Rural Worthington woman has a heart for hospice patients, their families.

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