Minnesota nurses picket over pay, patient care

Thousands of Minnesota nurses are holding informational pickets across 11 hospitals Wednesday.

The picket, which the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) says is not a work stoppage and won’t affect hospital operations, is in response to what the MNA called a “crisis” in Minnesota hospitals.

MNA officials say picketing will happen at different times between 6:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Nurses are calling for changes like higher wages, increased diversity and inclusion initiatives, and more retention efforts, MNA said.

MNA said 15,000 Twin Cities and Twin Ports nurses are seeking new contracts that “put patients before profits.”

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