Bargaining Update #26

Dear Nursing Colleagues:

We had more productive conversations with NNU’s bargaining team today on staffing, meeting well into the evening as we continue to march toward the start of the union’s March 14 strike. We will return to the table tomorrow.

We have continued to discuss wages and other economics as well.

At this point in the process, we do not have an agreement, but both sides are invested in the process, and we are meeting both as full committees and in less formal smaller groups to explore solutions.

Bargaining resumes tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, strike preparations across the Medical Center remain underway and will continue. Please know that we remain committed to working toward reaching a fair-and-equitable contract and avoiding this strike.

I appreciate that many of you have brought forward your concerns about what this strike means to you, your families, our patients and our community. I share your concerns and continue to hope that we can find a path toward a collective bargaining agreement that meets the needs of our nurses, our patients and our community.

Emily Chase, PhD, RN, NE-BC, FACHE
Senior Vice-President, Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer