U.S. Witnessed the Largest Strike by Nurses

Minnesota-NursesOn Thursday, at 14 Minnesota hospitals more than 12,000 nurses participated in a one-day strike protesting against the issue of over staffing levels and pension benefits

At 7A.M. on Thursday, all hospitals in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, the nurses appeared in red T-shirts and carrying signs and started walking.

Nurses were demanding for strict nurse-to-patient ratios.

Stamness, a Cardiology Nurse at Abbott said, "Nobody is listening to what we are saying".

The nurses waved the flags that read, "We care. For you" and "RNs protecting patients."

Though it was the largest nurse’s strike in U.S history, the hospitals managed the same with hiring replacement nurses, reduced patient levels and rescheduled elective surgeries.

San Francisco Judge has already failed the plan of similar strike by nurses in California.

In California, in 1997, about 7,300 nurses went for strike for two days in January and for one day in February. In 1984, for five weeks 6000 Twin Cities nurses went on the strike.

Around 200 nurses, wearing red Minnesota Nurses Association T-shirts, gathered outside Fairview Southdale in Edina along with their family members and supporters and hoisted the signs at 7A.M.