Updates from our CNO

I want to let you know the bargaining teams from UCMC and the NNOC/NNU met throughout Tuesday with the federal mediator in a continuing attempt to reach agreement on a new contract that would avert the nursing strike called by the union for Friday. There was no progress to report as the talks recessed early this evening, but both sides agreed to return to the negotiating table with the federal mediator on Wednesday. I will continue...

I want to update you on our contract negotiations today with the leaders of the NNOC/NNU to try to avert the nursing strike they have called for this Friday. The bargaining teams from both UCMC and the union met throughout the day and into the evening with a federal mediator, reviewing the many open issues that must be resolved to reach a new contract. Our conversations focused on the proposals the union delivered late Saturday night....

Sadly, we are running out of time with NNOC/NNU’s strike now less than five days away.  I would urge each of you to join peers from across the organization and attend one of the Town Halls scheduled to provide updates on UCMC’s plans to care for patients impacted by the union’s strike. The Town Halls are scheduled for Monday at 7:30 a.m. in P-117; Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. in P-117; Wednesday at noon in P-117;...

UCMC’s negotiating team and a federal mediator returned to the Medical Center Saturday morning prepared to continue working on a contract for you and for our patients. I had hoped that the union’s leaders would table their national agenda and turn to substantive talks focused on reaching agreement on a new contract for UCMC nurses that would prevent the strike the union has called for this Friday. The union’s leaders promised yesterday that they would have...

As you know, UCMC and a federal mediator met with NNOC/NNU leaders and nurse members of their bargaining team by video conference today to review the many remaining open issues that must be resolved to reach a new contract. There were not any new agreements or breakthroughs in today’s negotiations. But both sides agreed to meet by video conference with the federal mediator again tomorrow morning. We will continue to negotiate in good faith, as we have...

Today, while UCMC conducts a drill to prepare for next week’s strike called by the National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United, the union’s Chicago leaders are spending the weekend at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square hotel for the union’s “Global Nurses Solidarity Assembly.” During today’s Workforce Disruption Drill, UCMC’s leaders and staff are working together to ensure we can continue to provide high-quality care to our patients next Friday when 2,200 of our nurses are...

I’m writing to let you know how deeply saddened I am that we are facing a five-day National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United union strike starting Friday, Sept. 20. As nurses, we have worked together to build a Medical Center that offers unrivaled excellence in patient care and a professional practice environment that supports the advancement of your careers as clinicians. For months now, I have hoped that we could reach a new Collective Bargaining Agreement through...

As UCMC prepares to care for our patients during the NNOC/NNU’s planned five-day strike, I wanted to update you on our efforts to resume negotiations and avoid the strike. Here are the facts: Only the NNOC/NNU union leadership has the power to call off the strike at this point. • The union leaders called the strike at UCMC on Friday, September 20, to coincide with strikes called for the same day at 12 hospitals in California, Arizona and...

As you know by now, National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) has called for a one-day strike beginning at 7 a.m. on September 20. Unfortunately, NNOC/NNU is forcing NNU-represented nurses to stop working and walk out on patients despite the University of Chicago Medical Center’s (UCMC’s) good-faith efforts and compromises put forward at the bargaining table. UCMC did not want a strike and has done everything it could to avoid one. It has listened to...

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). ...