Update: CBA Negotiation Session 1

Update: CBA Negotiation Session 1

Today, the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) and National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) met for our first negotiation session to determine terms for our new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

NNOC/NNU made its first set of “non-economic” proposals today. Non-economic proposals are those that deal with matters other than wages and benefits, such as scheduling, the request that NNU representatives be badged and afforded access to patient care areas, and electronic access to information on the deduction of union dues. NNOC/NNU indicated it is still working on additional non-economic language, such as proposals on how the CBA would apply to newly represented nurses and proposals on staffing.  We look forward to having the remainder of NNOC/NNU’s proposals at some point in the future.

This is only the first negotiating session, and we appreciate opening these negotiations with a respectful discussion. Over the coming weeks, UCMC will review the proposals received from NNOC/NNU today and prepare a response for discussion at the next meeting later this month.

Your growth, development and success are always top priorities for our team. We are proud of and grateful for the incredible work you do every day to drive advancements in patient care, lead interdisciplinary teams to develop innovative solutions, and foster a collegial, team-based work environment.

UCMC is committed to bargaining in good faith with NNOC/NNU to come to an agreement that is fair and equitable and allows us to continue to deliver the level of high-quality, compassionate care that our patients expect and deserve. I will continue to update you on the facts about negotiations throughout this process. You may also check ucmcnurses.org for information and updates.

Thank you for everything you do to serve our patients, one another and all members of our care teams.