Bargaining Update #17

Good Evening UCMC Nursing Colleagues:

Today we held our 17th bargaining session with the NNU. UCMC is taking the lead to better understand the NNU’s priorities so both sides can focus on those proposals that matter most to our NNU-represented nurses. In today’s session:

  • UCMC offered priority access to a conveniently located CCD 1st floor conference room for NNU use as needed. There are also other conference rooms under consideration in Comer and off-site Ambulatory areas. NNU has repeatedly stated that access is a top priority and we believe this is a fair compromise that meets their needs while recognizing space constraints.
  • UCMC and NNU continue to discuss the Transfer language for nurses transferring to other units.
  • UCMC proposed that all NNU-represented nurses working the evening shift will receive monthly parking access in Garage A or B. UCMC also proposed that represented nurses’ current monthly parking rates for garages A or B would not increase for the life of the contract and the Medical Center would agree to maintain the percentage of available NNU parking spaces in those garages as of the start of the 2024 agreement.
  • For the L&D Scrub Team, UCMC proposed that all L&D scrub staff will be offered the opportunity to enroll in the AORN training.

Both sides have floated a number of proposals on a myriad of topics through these four months of bargaining. We are happy to have reached so many tentative agreements and believe there is opportunity to accelerate the momentum at the table. We remain hopeful that we will continue to have productive sessions and move closer towards an agreement that balances the needs of our nurses, patients, colleagues, and community.

We are scheduled to bargain again next Tuesday January 30th, as well as future confirmed dates of February 7th, February 13th and February 22nd. We look forward to ongoing productive conversations and progression toward more tentative agreements.

Have a great evening all!

Sally Walton, DNP, MBA, RN, OCN, NEA-BC, FACHE,
Associate Chief Nursing Officer,
Executive Director, Patient Care Services