SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – Union nurses at MercyOne Medical Center have voted to reject a new contract and authorize a labor strike.
97% of those nurses voted against the contract and 94% voted to authorize the strike, extending the stalemate after over six months of heated contract negotiations.
The strike will not happen immediately. Nurses will have to give the hospital a minimum of 10 days’ notice before a strike can begin.
There is still potential that the hospital and nurses could come to a new contract agreement before then, avoiding a strike altogether.
The nurses continue to ask for pay increases and a lower patient-nurse ratio.