Updates from our CNO

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). ...

As you know, we met with the NNOC/NNU today, September 5, 2019, and will be back at the table tomorrow. Our bargaining team remains focused on achieving a new contract for you. Here are the facts of what each side proposed today and the responses: NNOC/NNU Proposals UCMC Proposals NNOC Partial Proposal re Newly Represented Employees:  NNOC/NNU made a package proposal that both sides agree to apply certain portions of the expired contract to newly represented nurses once ratified...

As you know, National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) held a strike authorization vote yesterday and, as expected, the vote was passed.  While we are disappointed by the outcome, we aren’t surprised that the Union received the votes it needed to strike given that the Union ran the vote. While you, our represented nurses, have lost your right to decide on whether there will be a strike at UCMC, as of now the Union has...

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...