4,800 nurses set to strike Sunday at 5 Twin Cities hospitals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Both sides say a strike by about 4,800 nurses appears inevitable at five hospitals in the Minneapolis area.

Members of the Minnesota Nurses Association members plan to walk out at 7 a.m. Sunday at hospitals operated by Allina Health — Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis, Mercy in Coon Rapids, United in St. Paul, Unity in Fridley, and the Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis.

No new talks were scheduled. The strike would last a week.

The main dispute is over Allina’s effort to switch union nurses to the same health insurance plans as more than 30,000 other Allina employees and their family members, which carry lower monthly premiums but higher out-of-pocket costs.

Allina plans to keep the facilities operating with replacement nurses. The last major Twin Cities nurses strike was in 2010.

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