Important Update on Strike Logistics

Important Update on Strike Logistics

As we prepare for the start of the National Nurses Organizing/National Nurses United strike this Friday, I wanted to share some important information with you. Please read this document carefully and contact your manager if you have any questions.

Workforce Disruption Duration: 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, to 6:59 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. NNOC/NNU-represented nurses should return to work beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 25, for the 7 a.m. shift unless notified of further low census. All nurses scheduled for the Thursday, Sept.19, night shift immediately prior to the start of the strike are expected to report to work and remain available to care for patients until immediately prior to the scheduled start time of the strike.

Nurses scheduled to work on the morning of Friday, Sept. 20, with a start time prior to 7 a.m., i.e. 5:30 a.m. for peri-operative services, should not report to work. You will be compensated for the time scheduled but not worked leading up to the 7 a.m. strike start time on Friday, Sept. 20.

Nurses working in ambulatory clinics should not report to work on Friday, Sept. 20. The strike is scheduled to begin prior to your work day, therefore there is no need for you to report to work. NNU nurses do not need to report to work at ANY time during the duration of the five-day period beginning Friday morning but should plan to return to work beginning at 6:59 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25.



  • All NNU-represented nurses should be instructed to retrieve and take any personal belongings they may need from their lockers/storage space no later than Thursday (or their last shift before Friday.)
  • Access to UCMC systems and badge access will end shortly before the start of the strike on Friday at 7 a.m.
  • The gates to the parking garage will be up so that night nurses whose badges have been deactivated can exit efficiently.  To ensure patient access to garage space, please do not leave your cars in the garage.
  • Access to UCMC systems and badge access will be reactivated at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25. Parking access prior to the 7 a.m. re-activation for day-shift nurses who normally park there will be arranged.


Exit and RE-Entry Process

  • At the end of the night shift (midnight to 6:59 a.m.) prior to the start of the strike at 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, NNU nurses will exit the Medical Center in cohorts as directed. Please ensure your patient care documentation is complete to ensure timely and safe transitions. Nurses will be escorted from their work units to designated exits. The timeline is as follows:

4:30 A.M.

Unit Managers request NNU nurses to complete SBAR report out forms on their patients throughout the night shift with forms completed by 4:30 a.m.

Unit Managers begin preparing to exit NNU nurses at 4:30 a.m. Nurses will be instructed to return to their lockers to retrieve all of their belongings they may need over the next five days to store in the break room during report out.

5:00 A.M.

PCM/APCM report to unit to begin Exchange/Entry Process and receive SBAR reports from the NNU nurses.

NOTE: Managers may need to collect written forms for stable patients and only complete verbal report out for complex or critical patients with needs during the transition period.

5:45 A.M.-6:15 A.M.

Start Access Termination UCM/IT:

The Information/IT Unit Leader and Safety and Security Officer will facilitate termination of NNU RN access to all systems and ID Badge access to the parking facilities and the campus entry points.

Start Access Termination Security:

Public Safety will terminate badge access.

5:45-6:15 A.M.

Start Access Termination Pharmacy:

Omni Cell Access will be terminated by 6:15 a.m.

5:40-6:30 A.M.

All SBARS Collected

NNU Staff are at their assigned nurses stations and ready to be escorted to elevators down to the ground floor and exit at street level.

NNU Staff MUST have all their belongings at this time. They will not be able to go back to lockers or break rooms. This is a direct exit from the Nurses Unit.

IMPORTANT: No elevators will stop at the 2nd floor on CCD. They will be taken to the Ground Floor and go to their prospective parking garages/areas.

6:30 A.M.



  • Nurses do not need to clock out. UCMC will adjust the clock-out period to reflect an end shift time of 7 a.m., when the strike is scheduled to begin.
  • At the same time, replacement nurses and staff will arrive in cohorts and will be escorted to their work units once the Command Center receives confirmation that NNU nurses have left the area.
  • At the end of Day 5 during the night shift (midnight to 6:59 a.m. Wednesday, September 25), replacement nurses will exit the Medical Center in cohorts. NNU nurses will re-enter on Wednesday, Sept. 25, to staff the day shift at 7 a.m. Prior to the start of the 7 a.m. shift, staff will be asked to gather in the lobby of the building where they work, i.e. CCD East, CCD West, Comer Lobby, etc. Mitchell nurses will gather at the main entrance to Mitchell by Au Bon Pain. A Medical Center representative will alert them when their unit is ready for re-entry. Nurses will not be docked pay or charged with a late start time if they arrive on the unit shortly after the 7 a.m. start time due to following this process.
  • Supplemental clinicians and staff including Attendings, Residents, RRT, Pharmacists and Nursing leaders will be on the patient care units during the critical transition periods.
  • All Ambulatory nurses should provide a hand-off report to their manager before departure on their last day worked prior to Friday, Sept. 20.
  • All Ambulatory nurses should report to work at their normally scheduled location and time on Wednesday, Sept. 25.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q:        Why will nurses be out of work for five days if the NNU called for a one-day strike?

A:         UCMC has contracted with an experienced external agency to retain a replacement workforce to cover the staffing assignments held by the NNU-represented nurses. We needed to offer replacement nurses a guarantee that they would be working for five days to improve recruiting and secure as many replacement nurses as possible. Our obligation as health care professionals is to ensure our patients have nurses who will care for them.

 Q:        Are NNU-represented nurses supposed to report to work before Wednesday morning?

A:         No. There is no need for any nurses to report to the Medical Center, call off from work or check in before the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 25. Because our patients are counting on receiving care, we had to engage a team of replacement nurses who are committed to their care to ensure we had resources available. Having contracted for the resources our patients need, there simply will not be work available for NNU nurses during the Strike.

Q:        Are represented nurses required to call-off on the days of the strike?

A:         NNU-represented nurses DO NOT need to call off on the days of the strike. Under no circumstances will NNU nurses be subject to corrective action during the strike period for not reporting to UCMC or calling off from work prior to Wednesday, Sept. 25.

 Q:        Will NNU nurses’ insurance coverage and benefits be interrupted during the strike?

A:         Although nurses will not be paid for their lost shifts, UCMC will not cut off health care insurance for represented nurses during this unpaid period and health coverage will NOT be interrupted.

Q:        As units decompress, will NNU nurses be affected?

A:         As the number of patients decreases, nurses will be placed on voluntary and, if necessary, involuntary low census consistent with patient needs. UCMC will follow the procedures of the expired Collective Bargaining Agreement and past practice, and nurses may continue to utilize the contract procedures to substitute paid vacation and holidays for shifts they lose due to low census.

Q:        What if I have a medical appointment at UCMC?

A:         NNU-represented nurses with scheduled patient care appointments for themselves or family members may access the Medical Center during the strike; however, they will check in with Public Safety per our standard patient and visitor protocols during the strike period.

Q:        Can a strike be avoided?

A:         Union leaders called the strike, so only they can call off the strike.