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The threat of a strike for nurses at MercyOne in Sioux City appears to be over.

The union bargaining team announced on social media Thursday both sides worked out a tentative agreement.

Union members still need to vote for the agreement to become official.

The hospital and nurses were embroiled in a contract dispute spanning more than seven months.  Their contract expired in September.  Ten-days ago, nurses gave the go ahead for a potential walk out.  The hospital even contracted with a staffing agency in case the nurses hit the picket line.

OCTOBER 16, 2019
Siouxland Public Media

A candlelight vigil took place Wednesday night for nurses at MercyOne who are in the middle of a contract dispute with the hospital.  

Supporters fill the parking lot of the Sugar Shack Bakery located near MercyOne Hospital.

There’s a bit of dancing.

And, speeches by local politicians, including State Senator Jackie Smith.

“This is Sioux City, we have your backs.”

Here’s City Council Member Rhonda Capron.

“If you treat your employees right they going to bring it back to you and treat you right and that’s how it works.”

Driving around Sioux City you might have noticed brightly colored signs supporting nurses at MercyOne in Sioux City. They’re in the middle of a contract dispute with the hospital.

Jennifer Beacom has been a nurse at Mercy for a dozen years.  She’s part of the negotiating committee for the UFCW local 222 

That’s the union representing the nurses at MercyOne.

Beacom shared the latest on the situation with Siouxland Public Media New’s Sheila Brummer on Tuesday night, including her thoughts on safety at the medical facility.

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Iowa union leaders heard from more than a dozen Democratic presidential candidates today (Wednesday). All are seeking support from the labor movement.

In the 2016 election, union workers voted for the Democratic presidential candidate by a smaller margin than in elections in the past three decades.

Here’s Montana Governor Steve Bullock, who presents himself as a candidate who can win over Trump voters.