Updates from our CNO

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...

The recent site visit from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) was an opportunity to demonstrate our teamwork and professionalism in action. I sincerely appreciate the hard work of everyone involved in making the visit and survey a success. It was a rigorous survey of our operations, involving dozens of frontline staff and leaders over many hours and days. Your commitment and focus on our patients during this very busy visit did not waver...

As you know, the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) and National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) continue to meet regularly to negotiate terms for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). The sessions over the last two weeks have centered on staffing and economic proposals, areas where misinformation and lack of clarity can replace facts and constructive dialogue. I want you to hear the facts on our approach to these two crucial issues. Compensation and Benefits UCMC...

As you know, the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) and National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) continue to meet regularly as we negotiate terms for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). Our time together is always productive, as we discuss important topics that are critical to your experience, safety and satisfaction. Today we’ve begun reviewing matters related to compensation and on-call time. These are both important subjects, so I want to take this moment to...

The University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) and National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) resumed negotiations today for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). This week our focus turned to issues of workplace safety. We are grateful to our peers who participated in this conversation and shared their stories around these critical issues. Ensuring UCMC is a safe place to give and receive care is our highest priority. We are committed to taking all reasonable steps...

Today and tomorrow, the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) and National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) are again meeting to negotiate over terms for our new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). This week’s sessions are largely focused on the important issue of staffing. This morning, we were pleased to hear directly from UCMC nurses, who shared stories of staffing and other challenges. We will spend more time looking into the broader implications of some of those...

The University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) and National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) met yesterday and today for our second and third negotiating sessions to discuss terms for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). We continued to focus on non-economic proposals, which are those that deal with matters other than wages and benefits. We stressed the fact that the new contract now will have to cover newly represented nurses and that we need...

Today, the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) and National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) met for our first negotiation session to determine terms for our new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). NNOC/NNU made its first set of “non-economic” proposals today. Non-economic proposals are those that deal with matters other than wages and benefits, such as scheduling, the request that NNU representatives be badged and afforded access to patient care areas, and electronic access to information...

Dear Colleagues, The University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) is advancing the forefront of medicine every day, and you, our nursing team, are a major factor behind that success. For many patients, you are the face of UCMC and the hands that deliver on our promise of excellent care. They know you are professional, compassionate and skilled, dedicated to providing them the best in high-quality, compassionate care. Next week, we will begin negotiations with the National Nurses...