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Blog spotlight: June 1 nursing strike postponed; National Nurses United prepare for June 10 strike

Nurse Leader Insider, June 7, 2010

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June 10 could mark the largest registered nurses strike in U.S. history if nurses from California and Minnesota cannot reach an agreement in contract negotiations. Originally scheduled for June 1, nurses in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, rejected pension and labor proposals from the hospitals, and believed there was no other option but to strike the day after their contracts ended.

Now, as many as 25,000 nurses are set to strike on June 10 over patient safety in U.S. hospitals. About 13,000 nurses in California and 12,000 in Minnesota are set to strike, even though each strike was not coordinated to fall on the same day. All of the nurses are members of the National Nurses United, the nation's largest professional association and union for nurses. The nurses are also members of the California and Minnesota nurses associations.

Nurse-to-patient ratios are the cause of the strike, as nurses seek to establish and improve ratios in states like Minnesota, where there is no law requiring such ratios to be upheld.

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