Nurses in Minn., Calif. set strike dates


Associated Press Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Thousands of nurses in Minnesota and

California say they'll stage a one-day walkout next month if they

don't reach contract agreements with hospitals.

The separate disputes involve about 12,000 nurses in the

Minneapolis area and nearly 13,000 at hospitals across California.

Both set June 10 as a strike date.

Nurses in California say low staffing levels are their main

concern. The Minnesota nurses cited staffing, pay and pension

issues in authorizing a strike.

The Minnesota action would affect 14 hospitals. But hospitals

spokeswoman Maureen Schriner says steps are being taken to protect

patient safety.

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