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SEIU brings Mayo Clinic protests to Rochester

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) -

Two days after going on strike, some Mayo Clinic Health System-Albert Lea workers were back at it again on Thursday, this time in Rochester. 

Mayo Clinic has made it clear that they will not be able to return to work until after Christmas, due to the contract agreement Mayo secured to obtain temporary employees. 

A group of about 20 employees from Mayo Clinic-Albert Lea braved the cold Thursday, protesting outside Mayo's Gonda Building.

The strikers were protesting against what they're calling stalled labor negotiations and unfair labor practices. 

Marlene Baseman, a representative from SEIU and one of the main negotiators in the battle for a contract with better benefits for employees,says they've had a solid contract for thirty years, but now Mayo wants to punch holes in the contract and amend clauses at the hospital's discretion. 

The last time SEIU and Mayo Clinic met to negotiate was in May.

Baseman says the union offered Mayo different dates to return to the bargaining table and work on an agreement, however, she claims the hospital didn't accept any of these dates. 

Mayo Clinic released a statement earlier Thursday, it states in part: "Regrettably, SEIU leadership chose to strike and protest before we had the opportunity to resume negotiations that are currently scheduled for December 28."

The workers say they will strike in Albert Lea again today and will return to work December 26 once temporary replacement staff contracts are over. 

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