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Do Minneapolis hospitals want a strike?

Minneapolis Star-Tribune, July 1, 2010

Can Twin Cities hospitals afford a strike? That's the pressing question as 14 metro hospitals prepare for a potential walkout by 12,000 nurses next week. In the short term, a strike would cost the hospitals millions of dollars for replacement nurses and millions more in lost revenue from lower patient volumes. In the longer term, there's the risk to their reputations, their profit margins and their credit ratings. Yet they appear willing to pay that price.