Nurses ratify new contract

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Oct 5, 2013 at 5:36 am

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) Nurses at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato have overwhelmingly ratified a new contract, averting a possible strike.

Exact numbers weren't available Thursday evening, but a union negotiator says that turnout was high.

Staffing was a key sticking point. Nurses wanted the hospital to add staff and wanted more input into how patients are assessed to determine their nursing needs.

Mayo Clinic Health System says the hospital is pleased that the agreement was reached. The three-year contract was reached after five months of negotiations. The contract covers 470 members of the Minnesota Nurses Association.

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