ST. PAUL -

A majority of the striking nurses represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association have voted in favor of the tentative agreement with Allina Health on October 11, 2016.

Nurses from Abbot Northwestern, Mercy, Phillips Eye Institute, United, and Unity hospitals voted to ratify the contract Thursday.

"This contract represents compromise and strength by the nurses," said MNA Executive Director Rose Roach. "while it's nowhere near what nurses deserve, they can hold their heads high. They can rest easy knowing they won a 'no dminishment' clause, so even though they are moving to the corporate health insureance plans, they have assurance that the value of their benefits won't be reduced in any future cost-cutting scheme."

Nurses will be pulling the strike notice and return to their jobs under the terms of the return-to-work agreement reached Tuesday morning.