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SEIU Employees at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea Strike

December 20, 2017 03:13 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- Dozens of Service Employees International Union members gathered outside Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea Tuesday, December 19 for a one day strike.
 
The employees tell ABC 6 News that they have been trying to get Mayo to meet them halfway at the bargaining table. 

Picketing for the unfair labor practice strike started at 6 a.m. and will continue until 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Mayo Clinic says it is continuing to provide care to patients during the strike. The Albert Lea facility contracted an agency to supply replacement workers. They are required to work at the hospital for a minimum of seven days. 

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A meeting between the union and Mayo is scheduled for December 28.

Mayo Clinic sent a statement prior to the start of the strike.

It reads in part, "It is unfortunate that the SEIU has deliberately chosen this time of year to strike, subjecting our hardworking employees to uncertainty, anxiety and lost wages during the holiday season.”

Mayo also says, "It respects and remains committed to the negotiations process. It is our hope the SEIU leadership returns to the table with a renewed focus on reaching an agreement for our employees."
 


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