This Week’s CBA Negotiations
As you know, the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) and National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) resumed negotiations on Tuesday to discuss terms for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). With another negotiating session tomorrow, we hope to end the week with real progress around the economic proposals we submitted to NNOC/NNU on June 12, so we can show real progress toward getting a contract in place for all of us.
Please know that, while you have worked without a contract since April, our UCMC team has focused on negotiating with NNOC/NNU in good faith through respectful and productive discussions. It is disappointing that we now have gone almost two months without a response to our economic proposals. Rather than agreement to more time at the table, NNOC/NNU has used the time for public posturing, picketing and unfounded regulatory complaints — and, now, trying to garner support for a strike vote before providing any responses to UCMC’s opening economic offers.
We believe that contract issues are best resolved through consistent, productive dialogue at the bargaining table, not through strike threats and media antics designed to further a national agenda and scare the patients we serve. We continue to be hopeful that tomorrow’s session will move the discussion forward so we can finalize your contract and move forward together.
Our bargaining team will remain focused on reaching an agreement that is fair for all sides and ensures that we all can continue to provide exceptional care, safety and comfort to our patients and community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me or your nurse leaders if you have any questions about the bargaining process. Thank you for everything you do to put our patients and the community first.