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Nurses to picket at Regina this afternoon

Nurses from Regina Hospital are holding an informational picket this afternoon in front of the hospital.

The event is scheduled to run from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Local nurses will be joined by metro area nurses to stand against parts of an employment contract being offered by the hospital's new owner, Allina Health. Nurses contend that some elements of the offer on the table are substandard as compared to other area Allina facilities.

The nurses' contract expired Dec. 31 after they were unable to reach an agreement with Allina. Union negotiators with the Minnesota Nurses Association expect to meet with Allina again to negotiate the contract on Jan. 24.