Hospital nurses in Fairmont have reached a tentative agreement that could avert a strike, and nurses in Albert Lea have approved a three-year contract.
Nurses at the Fairmont Medical Center had been preparing to walk off the job as early as Friday, after rejecting a previous settlement offer.
But late Monday, negotiators for the hospital and the Minnesota Nurses Association reached a new agreement, and the strike notice was withdrawn. The details were scheduled to be disclosed to the hospital's 106 registered nurses Wednesday, when the union's members were to vote on the agreement.
In Albert Lea, nurses approved a three-year contract with the Albert Lea Medical Center. The contract was approved Saturday and calls for annual pay increases of 8 percent, 6 percent and 5 percent, a union spokeswoman said. The MNA represents 100 registered nurses at the 72-bed hospital.
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