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ESSENTIA HEALTH

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.
Doctors at Essentia and St. Luke's say fewer children were exposed to RSV in the last two years, making more children vulnerable to severe infection. RSV typically has the same symptoms as a cold, influenza or COVID-19.
For Fay Haataja, of Carlton County, the post-COVID program at Essentia Health helped her overcome debilitating headaches, brain fog and long-term memory loss after more than a year of symptoms.
Despite an interruption from a fire near Essentia St. Mary's hospital, hundreds of nurses and community supporters rallied at both Essentia and St. Luke's to close out the third and final day of the strike and pickets.
The three-day strike continued Wednesday with pickets outside downtown Duluth hospitals and outside Essentia St. Mary's in Superior.
The strike over contract negotiations is scheduled to end at 7 a.m. Thursday.

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The strike impacts Essentia St. Mary's hospitals in Duluth and Superior, St. Luke's hospital in Duluth and 12 Twin Cities hospitals.
The Minnesota Nurses Association has planned a three-day strike beginning Monday at several local health care facilities.
The health care system claims the Minnesota Nurses Association failed to include Essentia Health-Duluth in its list of facilities that received a strike notice.

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