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By Chris Conte

Thousands of Twin Cities nurses set to strike


ST. PAUL (KTTC-DT)-- Thousands of nurses from across the Twin Cities are preparing to go on strike Thursday. If the planned strike goes through, 12,000 nurses will take to the streets, creating the biggest strike in the history of the United States health care system.

On Wednesday night, just hours before walking the picket line, hundreds of nurses showed up at St. Mathews Lutheran Church for a vigil.

"They have been unwilling to work with us," said one nurse.

According to both sides, no time has been set for contract talks to resume which means for nurses like Naomi English still have a very uncertain future.

"It became apparent to us early on that the hospital was going to work with us on contract," said Naomi English.

Thursday's strike will affect 14 hospitals in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, thousands of temporary replacements have been brought in for the one day strike and some elective surgery have also been rescheduled. The strike is set to last 24 hours and will begin Thursday at 7 a.m.

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