Allina Nurses Strike To Preserve Benefits

State Senator John Marty with striking nurses
 Photo:  State Senator John Marty with striking nurses (photo by Rico Morales) 

More than four thousand nurses walked out at five Twin Cities Allina hospitals on Sunday for what they say will be a one-week strike. Allina has recruited replacement nurses from across the country to stand in for the strikers. The Star Tribune reports that Allina wants its nurses to shift to health plans that provide more financial incentives for using lower-cost care.  Dr. Penny Wheeler, Allina’s chief executive, characterized the health plans the nurses have now as “Cadillac” plans. But the unionized nurses challenge that assertion, and say they are determined to protect their benefits.

You can see a statement by Allina about the strike, and a statement by the Minnesota Nurse's Association

KFAI’s Rico Morales went to Abbot Northwestern to talk with picketing nurses about why they decided to go on strike.

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