UCMC Responds to Threat of Second Strike

UCMC Responds to Threat of Second Strike

As you know, UCMC had been scheduled to bargain with National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) this week – Wednesday and Thursday. UCMC and the union set those bargaining dates well before the nursing strike last Friday.

The strike has left us in a different place.

For the rest of this week, our clinical teams, including our nursing leaders, are focused exclusively on helping the Medical Center rapidly return to full operations so that we can get all of you back to work as quickly as possible after the NNU’s walkout. As a result, we have agreed with the union and informed the federal mediator working on our negotiations that the parties have canceled this week’s bargaining sessions.

We are scheduled to return to the bargaining table on Monday, Sept. 30, and Tuesday, Oct. 1. When we return to negotiations, we will pick up where we left off before the strike interrupted our discussions. None of the issues were resolved during the strike. As you’ve heard me say, no one wins in a strike.

The next few days and weeks will be difficult as we work to rebuild trust among our nurses, physicians and other clinical team members.

This has become more challenging since NNOC/NNU leaders already are openly threatening to call on you to walk out on your patients a second time. We haven’t even returned to the bargaining table and union leaders want to order you to strike a second time in another chapter from their national agenda playbook. NNOC/NNU is actively and publicly talking about serving another 10-day strike notice on UCMC very soon.

We understand union leaders have promised you a second strike vote before another walkout. But you should know they have the power to order a second strike without a vote.

Unfortunately, union talk of another strike is not surprising, as NNOC/NNU’s behavior up to this point has made clear that their primary interest is in striking rather than in reaching a deal. And we know from our own experience and that of hospitals in California and elsewhere that if they do choose to order you to walk out again, they will once again line us up with new strikes planned at other hospitals.

How many chapters from the union’s national playbook can you and your family afford? How many chapters does our local community need to endure?