Updates from our CNO

UCMC and NNOC/NNU bargaining teams met with a federal mediator again today. UCMC provided a comprehensive response to a proposal that the union provided yesterday.  On the issue of economics, UCMC indicated as it has before that it needed to see movement from the union on sunsetting incentive pay for new hires.  The parties reviewed the facts on which the parties agree: this is an outdated program from the 1990s created for a nursing shortage; there...

The bargaining teams from UCMC and NNOC/NNU met with a federal mediator today as planned. The union began the day by stating that the union has never threatened a second strike and took issue with suggestions that it ever has. That is contrary to the union’s public statements.  Read the Hyde Park Herald story here and listen to a WBEZ interview here. But if NNOC/NNU no longer intends to call on you to walk out on...

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...

The University of Chicago Medical Center met again today with the National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) union and a federal mediator. Regrettably, the union ended negotiations just after 7 p.m. tonight with no agreement. The parties have no plan to meet again before NNU-represented nurses go on strike at 7 a.m. Friday. For months, we have heard that the issue was staffing. UCMC made a proposal on staffing today that union leaders indicated they...

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...

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...