90-year-old physician joins Abbott Northwestern nurses' picket

Retired physician, Ray Scallen, MD, is joining nurses on the picket lines at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, according to Minneapolis Labor Review.

Nurses at Abbott Northwestern are on strike as part of a larger, system-wide strike at Minneapolis Allina Health, the hospital's parent organization. More than 4,000 Allina nurses went on strike Sunday, starting a seven-day walkout.

"Nursing is tops in this hospital," Dr. Scallen said, according to the report. "The best in the city." He added: "I want to keep it that way … I've known most of these nurses for many years. They're wonderful, wonderful people. I don't want them to lose their union — that's what this is all about."

Dr. Scallen is 90 years old and worked at Abbott Northwestern for 60 years, according to the report. This is the third strike he has participated in.

 

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