Negotiations Begin March 11
The University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) is advancing the forefront of medicine every day, and you, our nursing team, are a major factor behind that success. For many patients, you are the face of UCMC and the hands that deliver on our promise of excellent care. They know you are professional, compassionate and skilled, dedicated to providing them the best in high-quality, compassionate care.
Next week, we will begin negotiations with the National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) to establish the terms of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The current CBA expires on April 15, 2019.
UCMC is committed to bargaining in good faith, and to communicating to you honestly about the facts, as well about what occurs at the bargaining table over the course of negotiations. I am committed to continuing to communicate with you throughout this process. To that end, you may expect a series of memos from me to update you on the progress of negotiations. These updates also will be posted online, and I will share the web address with you next week. In addition, nursing leaders and managers will be a source of news and information.
Our top priority is to reach a fair and equitable agreement with the NNOC/NNU that reflects the value we place on your contributions to our success, as well as our commitment to a safe and productive work environment that gives us the ability to deliver top-quality care to our community.
Nurses are the cornerstones of care at UCMC. You are also leaders within our organization. I am proud of the collaborative partnerships you have with all UCMC physicians and employees to bring about positive change in the lives of our patients.
Experience tells us that this period may be challenging, but I am confident that our shared commitment to our patients will enable us to focus on what’s important and see us through these coming weeks together.
In the meantime, I want to thank you for what you do every day to serve our patients and their families, one another and all members of our UCMC community.
DEBRA ALBERT, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC
Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services, and Chief Nursing Officer