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Minnesota Nurses Association, Children's Hospitals Reach Agreement

Posted On: Jun 15, 2019   |   Posted By: CBS

MINNEAPOLIS - The Minnesota Nurses Association says the threat of a strike has been withdrawn.
They reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota early Saturday morning. The association says the hospital has agreed to provide nurses with a 3% wage increase over the next two years.
Negotiations came to a head Thursday when nurses authorized a strike, rejecting a previous offer. Nurses and negotiation teams then met over a 21-hour session and finally agreed on a contract around 5 a.m.
A main sticking point for the nurses union was the cost of health insurance. Children's agreed to cap the rate of increase for the most comprehensive insurance plan to match the increase the employer must pay.
The pay increase will be 3% this year, 3% next year and just more than 2% in 2021.
Both sides say they are happy with this agreement.
“It was time to become compatible. We recognize that health insurance is increasing for everybody, but the increase...

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