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Moose Lake Nurses to Not Join in Strike Vote

The nurses of the Moose Lake Hospital will not be joining their colleagues in a strike vote tomorrow after reaching a tentative agreement with Essentia Health Monday night.

"Both parties worked hard at the bargaining table in pursuit of a contract that benefits our nurses, our organization and — most importantly — our patients. This outcome exemplifies what is possible through good-faith negotiations. It also ensures that these nursing jobs will remain among the best in the Moose Lake area," Essentia said in a written statement. "We’re proud to have some of the finest nurses in the country, and we appreciate their dedication to providing the highest level of patient care in support of Essentia’s mission to make a healthy difference in people’s lives."

The Moose Lake nurses will vote to ratify the tentative agreement on December 9.

The rest of the nurses in the Minnesota Nursing Association will be deciding to authorize a potential unfair labor practice strike on November 30. If the vote passes by a two-thirds majority, the nurses could strike as early as December 10.

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