Ely Nurses Reject Contract, Authorize Strike Vote

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Ely Nurses Reject Contract, Authorize Strike Vote

May 25, 2011 Updated May 25, 2011 at 8:54 PM CDT

Ely, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - 32 nurses at Ely-Bloomenson Community hospital voted Wednesday to reject the hospital's final contract offer.

They have also authorized union leaders to call for a strike.

Nurses want a contract that can help recruit and retain nurses and address the healthcare insurance crisis nurses face.

Wages are also an issue.

“Our patients deserve highly-trained, experienced and talented nurses who can provide safe and effective care,” said Kathy Champa, RN, one of the bargaining unit leaders at the hospital. “In order for that to happen, our contract must be one that helps recruit and retain great nurses, both now and in the future.”

A strike date has not yet been set.

Written for the web by Kevin Jacobsen