Negotiation Session

This week we returned to the bargaining table for two days of negotiations that we had hoped will move us toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) came prepared with several new proposals both days that it hoped would help us reach a fair agreement for nurses and the Medical Center.  That included listening to feedback and making movement on important issues (such as removing proposals for spousal surcharges). ...

As you know, we met with the NNOC/NNU yesterday, August 22. Our bargaining team is back at the table and is focused on achieving a new contract for you again today. That is where contracts are reached.  At the bargaining table. With NNOC/NNU’s month-long focus on picketing, striking patients and Ingalls nurses, the Union’s path is less clear.  Here are the facts: NNOC/NNU Claim The Facts UCMC refuses to bargain economics. UCMC made its comprehensive opening wage and benefit offer...

By now many of you have heard about NNOC/NNU’s latest actions to disrupt and delay contract negotiations. I know I don’t need to remind you that you’ve been working without a contract since April and that NNOC/NNU has failed to make any response to UCMC’s economic proposals for two months.  NNOC/NNU has focused instead on picketing our patients, filing frivolous regulatory claims that have been dismissed, and soliciting strike pledges. NNOC/NNU promised to finally talk about...

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,...

As representatives from the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) and National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) resume bargaining next week, I wanted to take a moment to review some major initiatives of the past several years to improve the safety of our employees and patients. We know that workplace safety in health care is an important issue for all of us.  As you know, we have been working to address many of the concerns...

I wanted to share some good news about the site visit from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) last month. As you may recall, the onsite survey was rigorous and time-consuming, as it involved many frontline staff and leaders over many hours and days. IDPH initiated the survey shortly after NNOC/NNU publicly announced as part of negotiations that they had filed complaints with the agency suggesting deficiencies in our staffing model. I am pleased and...

First and foremost, I want to express my gratitude for your unwavering professionalism and dedication to our patients while you’ve continued to work without a contract since April, when the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) expired. You may be wondering why the process is taking so long, particularly since negotiating sessions began on March 11. I can assure you we want, and we all need, a contract that’s fair and equitable for all of us. In...

I want to start by thanking all of you for your continued dedication to our patients and excellence in patient outcomes despite working without a contract since April, when the previous Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) expired. As you know, the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) has been engaged over the last several months in bargaining sessions with National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) to produce a new contract that is fair and equitable for...

After a bit of a break, the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) and National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) are returning to the table today to negotiate terms for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for you and your colleagues. Among the topics that remain open are staffing and compensation. You’ve heard a lot from me on staffing. That’s because it’s an important issue — one that is essential to patient safety and your...

As we end the 2019 fiscal year and begin a new one, I have been reflecting on all the great work that our teams are doing. The recent survey from the Illinois Department of Public Health was just the most recent opportunity for our team to shine, and I want to thank you for all your great work caring for our patients and community as we continue to see a surging demand for our services. As...