Update: CBA Negotiation Sessions 5

Update: CBA Negotiation Sessions 5

The University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) and National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) resumed negotiations today for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

This week our focus turned to issues of workplace safety. We are grateful to our peers who participated in this conversation and shared their stories around these critical issues.

Ensuring UCMC is a safe place to give and receive care is our highest priority. We are committed to taking all reasonable steps to expand processes and enhance our culture of safety for everyone, including nurses. Over the past several years, in recognition of challenges our team has faced and in response to issues raised by our nurses and other staff, we have launched a number of significant safety initiatives with input from our frontline staff, including:

  • Introducing a new, electronic visitor management system along with color-coded badges to help staff better identify visitors and where they belong in the Medical Center;
  • Making Crisis Prevention and Intervention training available to all team members;
  • Enhancing signage regarding our Zero Tolerance for workplace violence; and
  • Increasing protection of staff privacy by eliminating last names from badges.

These important initiatives have already created meaningful change for nurses and other staff and are reflective of our commitment to one another and to improving our workplace.

Some of this work is being done by cross disciplinary teams – like our multidisciplinary committee on Visitor Engagement and a reestablished Workplace Violence Prevention Committee that is meeting next month – that include front line staff. Ensuring our team can feel genuinely safe as they work is foundational to providing exceptional patient care, and we appreciate the interest and commitment to these issues from nurses, other staff, and NNOC/NNU.

As we move forward in negotiations, UCMC remains committed to respectful dialogue and good faith bargaining to reach an agreement that is fair and equitable.

We will continue to update you on the facts about negotiations throughout this process.

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