Bargaining Update #25

Dear Nursing Colleagues,

We met today with the NNU Bargaining Team in an added bargaining session. The NNU Bargaining Team has agreed to meet again on Thursday, March 7th as we continue to work toward a contract prior to the upcoming strike on March 14th.

Both sides presented packaged proposals on staffing, and both sides discussed contractual language for newly represented critical care outreach nurses and diabetes educators. We reached a tentative agreement on parking today, which provides the following to NNU members:

  1. Expands garage parking access to ALL 2nd shift nurses
  2. Freezing nurse parking rates for the term of the CBA
  3. Freezing the percentage of garage spaces allocated to NNU RNs

In addition, UCMC proposed a new process today to resolve patterns of nurse staffing disputes at the medical center. NNU has said that this type of process is a top union priority that ensures nurses have a transparent pathway to raise staffing concerns. Our proposal starts with bringing staffing disputes to the NPPCC and Patient Acuity Committees and ends with the option of requesting a final review by an independent federal mediator.

We need to continue to make strong, meaningful progress toward closing a contract prior to the upcoming March 14th strike date. We look forward to coming back to the table on Thursday as both bargaining teams continue to do the hard work toward reaching a new contract.

Emily Chase, PhD, RN, NE-BC, FACHE
Senior Vice-President, Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer
University of Chicago Medical Center