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Rape. Ilhan Omar, D-Min., on Monday joined thousands of nurses in Minnesota who began a three-day strike to protest low wages and reduced staffing.

“I will stand today in solidarity with Abbott, Children and our nurses at Fairview!” Umar had tweeted earlier on Monday. “Let’s join us and show your support for (Minnesota Nurses Association)!”

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About 15,000 nurses went out in seven health care systems in the Minneapolis and Duluth areas – one of the largest strikes ever by private sector nurses.

Scores of nurses began a 7 a.m. protest outside Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis, one of the 15 affected hospitals. Affected hospitals said they had recruited temporary nurses and expected to retain most of the services.

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Union spokesman Sam Fetig said the nurses chose the three-day strike instead out of concern for the patients.

Hospitals have offered 10-12 per cent wage increases over three years, but nurses are demanding more than 30 per cent. Hospital leaders described their wage demands as not affordable, noting that Alina and Fairview Hospitals posted operating losses and that the cost of such a sharp wage increase would be passed along to patients.

Several Twin Cities hospitals under strike said in a joint statement, “The union rejected all requests for arbitration and fasted for unrealistic, unreasonable and intolerable wage demands.”

People with emergency issues should continue to call 911 or go to emergency rooms, the statement said. It said people may see some delay in treatment, despite staffing hospitals with “experienced nurse managers, trained replacement nurses and some existing passenger nurses”.

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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison also marched with the nurses.

“They stand in solidarity with @mnurses as they begin their three-day strike this morning,” he tweeted on Monday. “Our nurses deserve protection, respect and fair pay.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-VT, also pitched his support, tweeting that he “stands in solidarity with the 15,000 @mnurses on strike this week for safe care, fair scheduling and higher wages.” fighting.”

“Nurses are the backbone of our health care system,” Sanders tweeted. “They understand what’s best for our patients.

The hospitals affected by the strike are operated by Alina Health, M Health Fairview, Children’s Hospital, North Memorial and HealthPartners. In Duluth, it is Essentia and St. Luke.

The Minnesota nurses’ strike comes amid a surge in union activity nationwide. A national railroad strike could begin on Friday unless Congress takes steps to stop it. The two largest railroad unions are demanding that major freight carriers go ahead with the proposed deal recommended by arbitrators appointed by President Joe Biden.

Some high-profile companies, including Starbucks, are trying to halt the ongoing unionization efforts. Since late last year, more than 230 U.S. Starbucks stores have voted to unionize, which Starbucks opposes.