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MNA leaders have the authority to give hospitals a 10-day notice of a strike. The nurses previously held a three-day strike in September.
What are your favorite holiday foods? In this NewsMD column, a local chef demonstrates his mother's amazing Christmas lasagna. And Viv Williams explores how holiday food traditions can be good for your health.
Minnesota Nurses Association members at St. Luke's Lake View Hospital will vote Wednesday on whether to authorize a strike.
It will be offered evenings from Dec. 12 to early March. It is open to people who receive public assistance; are unemployed; live below the poverty line; lack stable housing; have a criminal record; do not have a high school diploma; are a person of color; and/or are a person with a disability.

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The 15,000 union nurses at 15 hospitals in Minnesota and Wisconsin will vote Nov. 30. The vote could give MNA leaders the power to authorize another strike, following a three-day strike held in September, as they bargain for contracts.

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