• Allina Health nurses walk the picket line with support from Chicago nurses outside Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 as they began an open-ended strike after a failure to reach a settlement with Allina Health. Nurses are walking picket lines at five Minnesota hospitals in a strike over health insurance, workplace safety and staffing. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Allina Health nurses walk the picket line with support from Chicago nurses outside Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 as they began an open-ended strike after a failure to reach a settlement with Allina Health. ... Nurses are walking picket lines at five Minnesota hospitals in a strike over health insurance, workplace safety and staffing. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) (The Associated Press)

  • Allina Health nurses protest outside Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 as they began an open-ended strike after a failure to reach a settlement with Allina Health. Nurses are walking picket lines at five Minnesota hospitals in a strike over health insurance, workplace safety and staffing. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Allina Health nurses protest outside Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 as they began an open-ended strike after a failure to reach a settlement with Allina Health. Nurses are walking picket lines at five Minnesota ... hospitals in a strike over health insurance, workplace safety and staffing. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) (The Associated Press)

  • Allina Health nurses protest outside Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 as they began an open-ended strike after a failure to reach a settlement with Allina Health. Nurses are walking picket lines at five Minnesota hospitals in a strike over health insurance, workplace safety and staffing. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    Allina Health nurses protest outside Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016 as they began an open-ended strike after a failure to reach a settlement with Allina Health. Nurses are walking picket lines at five Minnesota ... hospitals in a strike over health insurance, workplace safety and staffing. (AP Photo/Jim Mone) (The Associated Press)

Nurses' strike begins at 5 hospitals in Minnesota

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Nearly 5,000 nurses are on strike in Minnesota following a breakdown in contract talks.

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The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/2bZp8S3 ) that the walkout at five Twin Cities hospitals began as scheduled Monday at 7 a.m.

The Minnesota Nurses Association and representatives from Allina Health broke off a 22-hour negotiating session early Saturday without agreement. Main issues of the negotiations include health insurance, workplace safety and staffing.

The nurses say they made progress some progress, but that Allina said nurses' health care plans needed to end before 2020. Allina says it "met the union more than half way on many issues."

The union represents about 4,800 nurses at Abbott Northwestern and the Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis, United in St. Paul, Unity in Fridley and Mercy in Coon Rapids.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com