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I am pleased to announce that representatives from the University of Chicago Medical Center and the National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United reached a tentative agreement early Saturday morning on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. As a result of this agreement, the NNOC/NNU has called off its planned strike. Both sides have been working since March on a contract that not only recognizes the valuable contributions our nurses make to our organization, but also ensures UCMC...

Today was another bargaining session between representatives of UCMC and NNOC/NNU. The parties agreed today’s discussions would be confidential as both sides, with the help of a federal mediator, continue to explore pathways that could bring about a resolution. The two sides agreed to resume discussions tomorrow....

Since bargaining began in March, we have made transparency a top priority to ensure that you have all the facts. Just as we respect your abilities as clinicians, we also trust in your ability to arrive at your own conclusions when presented with all the facts. To that end, I can’t sit idly by in the face of an increasing campaign of misinformation from the NNOC/NNU and not respond. You need to know the facts: Bargaining...

In last night’s communication from the NNOC/NNU, union leaders made the following statement: On Nov. 7, UCMC proposed eliminating patient care support nurses who provide critical and expert level care to patients.  In other communications, bargaining team members have suggested that there would be a reduction in support. Those statements are simply not accurate.  As such, I feel the need to clearly address what is on the table with regard to staffing and correct misstatements that...

To help you understand the current status of negotiations, we took a side-by-side look at bargaining issues the Union has been circulating.  We left the Union’s descriptions of its side of the issues unchanged.  For each issue, we replaced the Union’s description of UCMC’s proposals with one that describes UCMC’s proposals more accurately and completely.  With this chart, you will now have each side’s version of its own positions.  I hope that you find this...

On Wednesday, National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) is asking you to authorize a second strike despite recent continued progress toward agreement on a new contract. This vote is about the path forward and whether that will involve compromise and negotiation or strikes and continued confrontation. UCMC proposed over the last two weeks that both sides compromise on core issues and offered several ways to do that. That included offering to maintain the full incentive pay...

UCMC offered a significant compromise on incentive pay today when our bargaining team met with representatives of NNOC/NNU for negotiations. Continuation of the Current Incentive Pay Program for All Current Nurses Who Receive It Now  In an attempt to reach agreement, UCMC offered to continue the current incentive pay program as it is for all of you who currently receive it, a significant compromise from our earlier proposal to freeze incentive pay at its current level. Under this...

Earlier today, representatives of UCMC and NNOC/NNU met for bargaining.  I said last week in a video message that now is the time for both sides to offer real compromises on core issues to reach a contract for you.  UCMC offered such a compromise today. As you’ve heard us say, both sides have been meeting confidentially with a federal mediator since September to explore a path forward.  Today, UCMC asked to meet at the table and...

Today was another scheduled negotiation session between representatives of UCMC and NNOC/NNU.  The parties met again privately with a federal mediator to discuss possible paths forward. We remain committed to achieving a contract at the bargaining table and are hopeful that we can bridge the gap on the several key issues that divide us. Below are the upcoming bargaining dates. November 7, 14, 22 December 11, 18. Thank you for your dedication to our patients and the...

Representatives from UCMC and the NNOC/NNU met today, with the help of a federal mediator, to try and reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement for you. While we do not have any new agreements to report, both sides did discuss a number of topics, including issues relating to on-call and vacation, among others. Like you, I wish the pace of progress was faster. To make collective bargaining work, both sides have to come together and be...