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Nurses Vote to Ratify 3-Year Contract with St. Luke's

Posted at: 04/18/2013 12:21 PM
Updated at: 04/18/2013 12:35 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
ahoglund@wdio.com

Duluth nurses represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association have voted to ratify a three-year contract with St. Luke's Hospital.

The association says it would raise wages 4.5 percent.

The contract covers 460 nurses, and is effective July 1, of this year, and runs through June 30, 2016. St. Luke's and the nurses reached a tentative labor agreement last week after bargaining over wages only.

In a news release from the association, a registered nurse and member of the bargaining team, said "I'm very pleased that the bargaining unit turned out and ratified the tentative agreement. We still have many day-to-day activities to work on, such as staffing and scheduling, practicing issues to keep our patients safe."