Nurses in the metro area headed back to work Sunday after a seven-day strike against five Allina Health hospitals that started on June 19.
Last Sunday, about 4,800 nurses from the Minnesota Nurses Association began picketing outside Abbott Northwestern, Phillips Eye Institute, Mercy, United and Unity hospitals, all operated by Allina Health.
The strike started after Allina and its nurses failed to come to an agreement over a new three-year contract. One of the major points of contention is a possible change to nurses' health insurance.
Allina hired more than 1,000 replacement nurses to work during the strike.
Picketing ended early Sunday morning and the nurses took their jobs back around 7 a.m. However, there is still no agreement with management and no word on when any new talks are planned.
"I don't know what we're walking into," Angela Becchetti, one of the striking nurses, told Fox 9. "[I] hope we have a contract soon."
The Minnesota Nurses Association will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
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Short-Range Weather forecast overview for the North Central United States
Strong thunderstorms will fire across the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley to end the weekend.
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El Niño officially came to an end in early June, and experts are calling for a La Niña to develop in its footsteps.
Severe weather is threatening the north-central United States this weekend, including some areas that were hit by violent storms on Wednesday.