Hospital officials disappointed with contract rejection, hope to resume talks - audio

Tom Robertson, Minnesota Public Radio, July 29, 2011 Saint Paul - Management officials with Sanford Bemidji Hospital are disappointed that nurses voted overwhelmingly to reject their contract offer Thursday. The vote authorizes union negotiators representing about 230 nurses to call a strike, if necessary. Sanford officials say they've offered a contract package that's fair, but reflective of changing economic times for the health industry. It may not give nurses everything they want, Sanford Health officials in Bemidji said, but the package compensates workers fairly. ... Hospital