15,000 Minnesota nurses went on strike Monday after contract talks failed over the weekend.
Officials from the unions say that this is the largest strike that nurses working in the private sector have ever staged in the history of the United States.
Coverage will be provided to staff members at 15 institutions, including eight of the ten largest hospitals in the Twin Cities area.
The Minnesota Nurses Association and hospital systems have been engaged in a drawn-out disagreement over a contract, which has led to the beginning of preparations for a strike.
As a result of worldwide burnout and staffing shortages, registered nurses are campaigning for a pay increase of around 30 percent spread out over the course of three years.
Even though hospitals reported giving raises of around 11%, they maintain that they are unable to fulfill the requirements set forth by the union.
Midway through the month of August, MNA members participated in a ballot and gave authorisation for a strike with an overwhelming majority.
Several hospital networks and agencies continued to negotiate over the weekend but couldn’t reach a deal.
The strike began at seven in the morning on Monday and is expected to end at seven in the morning on Thursday.
According to the Star Tribune, the majority of hospitals have recruited a enough number of temporary nurses to ensure that treatment continues without interruption.
However, due to a lack of available surgeons, Children’s Minnesota has been forced to postpone a number of elective